A Bayesian approach to non-intrusive quality assessment of speech

P.N. Petkov, S.I. Mossavat, W.B. Kleijn

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A Bayesian approach to non-intrusive quality assessment of narrow-band speech is presented. The speech features used to assess quality are the sample mean and variance of band-powers evaluated from the temporal envelope in the channels of an auditory filter-bank. Bayesian multivariate adaptive regression splines (BMARS) is used to map features into quality ratings. The proposed combination of features and regression method leads to a high performance quality assessment algorithm that learns efficiently from a small amount of training data and avoids overfitting. Use of the Bayesian approach also allows the derivation of credible intervals on the model predictions, which provide a quantitative measure of model confidence and can be used to identify the need for complementing the training databases.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10h International Speech Communication Association (INTERSPEECH 2009) 6 - 10 September 2009, Brighton
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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