Phonetic Segmentation using a Wavelet-based Speech Cepstral Features and Sparse Representation Classifier

Ihsan Al-Hassani, Oumayma Al-Dakkak, Abdlnaser Assami
2021 Journal of Telecommunictions and Information Technology  
Speech segmentation is the process of dividing speech signal into distinct acoustic blocks that could be words, syllables or phonemes. Phonetic segmentation is about finding the exact boundaries for the different phonemes that composes a specific speech signal. This problem is crucial for many applications, i.e. automatic speech recognition (ASR). In this paper we propose a new model-based text independent phonetic segmentation method based on wavelet packet speech parametrization features and
more » ... sing the sparse representation classifier (SRC). Experiments were performed on two datasets, the first is an English one derived from TIMIT corpus, while the second is an Arabic one derived from the Arabic speech corpus. Results showed that the proposed wavelet packet decomposition features outperform the MFCC features in speech segmentation task, in terms of both F1-score and R-measure on both datasets. Results also indicate that the SRC gives higher hit rate than the famous k-Nearest Neighbors (k-NN) classifier on TIMIT dataset.
doi:10.26636/jtit.2021.153321 fatcat:2zzo3nftvracddsamoopsxw7ke