Iterative-batch and sequential algorithms for single microphone speech enhancement

Sharon Gannot, David Burshtein, Ehud Weinstein

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Speech quality and intelligibility might significantly deteriorate in the presence of background noise, especially when the speech signal is subject to subsequent processing. In this paper we represent a class of Kalman-filter based speech enhancement algorithms with some extensions, modifications, and improvements. The first algorithm employs the estimate-maximize (EM) method to iteratively estimate the spectral parameters of the speech and noise parameters. The enhanced speech signal is obtained as a byproduct of the parameter estimation algorithm. The second algorithm is a sequential, computationally efficient, gradient descent algorithm. We discuss various topics concerning the practical implementation of these algorithms. Experimental study, using real speech and noise signals is provided to compare these algorithms with alternative speech enhancement algorithms, and to compare the performance of the iterative and sequential algorithms.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings - IEEE Convention of Electrical & Electronics Engineers in Israel
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1996


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