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Title: Comparative intelligibility investigation of single-channel noise-reduction algorithms for Chinese, Japanese, and English
Authors: Li, Junfeng
Yang, Lin
Zhang, Jianping
Yan, Yonghong
Hu, Yi
Akagi, Masato
C. Loizou, Philipos
Issue Date: 2011-05-10
Publisher: Acoustical Society of America
Magazine name: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume: 129
Number: 5
Start page: 3291
End page: 3301
DOI: 10.1121/1.3571422
Abstract: A large number of single-channel noise-reduction algorithms have been proposed based largely on mathematical principles. Most of these algorithms, however, have been evaluated with English speech. Given the different perceptual cues used by native listeners of different languages including tonal languages, it is of interest to examine whether there are any language effects when the same noise-reduction algorithm is used to process noisy speech in different languages. A comparative evaluation and investigation is taken in this study of various single-channel noise-reduction algorithms applied to noisy speech taken from three languages: Chinese, Japanese, and English. Clean speech signals (Chinese words and Japanese words) were first corrupted by three types of noise at two signal-to-noise ratios and then processed by five single-channel noise-reduction algorithms. The processed signals were finally presented to normal-hearing listeners for recognition. Intelligibility evaluation showed that the majority of noise-reduction algorithms did not improve speech intelligibility. Consistent with a previous study with the English language, the Wiener filtering algorithm produced small, but statistically significant, improvements in intelligibility for car and white noise conditions. Significant differences between the performances of noise-reduction algorithms across the three languages were observed.
Rights: Copyright (C) 2011 Acoustical Society of America. Junfeng Li, Lin Yang, Jianping Zhang, Yonghong Yan, Yi Hu, Masato Akagi, Philipos C. Loizou, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 129(5), 2011, 3291-3301. http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3571422
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10119/9963
Material Type: publisher
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