Optimizing Bayesian HMM based x-vector clustering for the second DIHARD speech diarization challenge


This paper presents an analysis of our diarization system winning the second DIHARD speech diarization challenge, track 1. This system is based on clustering x-vector speaker embeddings extracted every 0.25s from short segments of the input recording. In this paper, we focus on the two x-vector clustering methods employed, namely Agglomerative Hierarchical Clustering followed by a clustering based on Bayesian Hidden Markov Model (BHMM). Even though the system submitted to the challenge had further post-processing steps, we will show that using this BHMM solely is enough to achieve the best performance in the challenge. The analysis will show improvements achieved by optimizing individual processing steps, including a simple procedure to effectively perform domain adaptation by Probabilistic Linear Discriminant Analysis model interpolation. All experiments are performed in the DIHARD II evaluation framework.

IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Barcelona, Spain, 2020