A method for solving the permutation problem of frequency-domain BSS using reference signal

Takashi Isa, Toshiyuki Sekiya, Tetsuji Ogawa, Tetsunori Kobayashi

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    This paper presents a method for solving the permutation problem. This is a problem specific to frequency domain blind source separation within the framework of independent component analysis. Towards this problem, we propose a method which uses reference signals. For each frequency bin, the permutation alignment is fixed by calculating correlation coefficients between the reference signal and the separated signal. Reference signals are obtained as signals corresponding to each individual original sources. The reference signals are chosen or obtained subjectively, and do not need to be separated well. For example, the conventional beamforming technique gives suitable reference signals. To show the effectiveness of this method, we conducted a experiment of continuous speech recognition in a real room. The experimental results of double talk recognition with 20K vocabulary show that the proposed method is effective to achieve 20% error reduction rate compared with the established DOA-based approach.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEuropean Signal Processing Conference
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    Event14th European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO 2006 - Florence, Italy
    Duration: 2006 Sep 42006 Sep 8


    Other14th European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO 2006


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Signal Processing
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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