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Performance comparison of intrusive and non-intrusive instrumental quality measures for enhanced speech

: Avila, A.; Cauchi, B.; Goetze, S.; Doclo, S.; Falk, T.


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-:
International Workshop on Acoustic Signal Enhancement, IWAENC 2016 : September 13-16, 2016, Xi'an, China
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-5090-2007-2
ISBN: 978-1-5090-2008-9
5 S.
International Workshop on Acoustic Signal Enhancement (IWAENC) <15, 2016, Xian>
Fraunhofer IDMT ()

Instrumental quality prediction of speech processed by enhancement algorithms has become crucial with the proliferation of far-field speech applications. To date, while several instrumental measures have been proposed and standardized, their performance under a wide range of acoustic conditions and enhancement algorithms is still unknown. This paper aims to fill this gap. Specifically, the performance of eleven instrumental measures are compared; four are non-intrusive measures, i.e. not requiring a clean reference signal, and seven intrusive. Simulated and recorded speech under four different acoustic conditions involving varying levels of reverberation and noise are explored, as well as processed by three single- and multi-channel enhancement algorithms. Experimental results show that a recently developed non-intrusive measure called SRMRnorm outperforms all other considered measures in terms of overall quality prediction. The well-known PESQ measure, in turn, showed to better predict the perceived amount of reverberation, followed by SRMRnorm. These results are promising, as the latter measure does not require access to a clean reference signal, thus has the potential to be used for enhancement algorithm optimization in real-time.