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The speech scale and spectral transformation
Author(s): Srinivasan Umesh; Leon Cohen; Douglas Nelson
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Paper Abstract

A fundamental issue of speech is that when different individuals enunciate the same perceived sound, the corresponding spectra are different, but since we perceive them to be the same, there must have a commonality that the ear extracts to recognize the same perceived sound. In previous publications we have established this commonality and have argued that the "spectra of sounds made by different individuals and perceived to be the same can be transformed into each other by a universal warping function". We call the warping function the speech scale and in previous works we have obtained it experimentally from actual speech. In this paper we give the mathematical equation that allows one to obtain the transformation function so that the transformation results in identical warped spectra except for a translation factor.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2005
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 5914, Wavelets XI, 59140G (17 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.617609
Show Author Affiliations
Srinivasan Umesh, RWTH-Univ. of Technology (Germany)
Leon Cohen, CUNY (United States)
Douglas Nelson, U.S. Dept. of Defense (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5914:
Wavelets XI
Manos Papadakis; Andrew F. Laine; Michael A. Unser, Editor(s)

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