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dc.contributor.authorYong, Pei
dc.contributor.authorNordholm, Sven
dc.contributor.authorDam, Hai
dc.identifier.citationYong, Pei Chee and Nordholm, Sven and Dam, Hai Huyen. 2013. Optimizaton and evaluation of sigmoid function with a priori SNR estimate for real-time speech enhancement. Speech Communication. 55 (2): pp. 358-376.

In this paper, an a priori signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) estimator with a modified sigmoid gain function is proposed for real-time speech enhancement. The proposed sigmoid gain function has three parameters, which can be optimized such that they match conventional gain functions. In addition, the joint temporal dynamics between the SNR estimate and the spectral gain function is investigated to improve the performance of the speech enhancement scheme. As the widely-used decision-directed (DD) a priori SNR estimate has a well-known one-frame delay that leads to the degradation of speech quality, a modified a priori SNR estimator is proposed for the DD approach to overcome this delay. Evaluations are performed by utilizing the objective evaluation metric that measures the trade-off between the noise reduction, the speech distortion and the musical noise in the enhanced signal. The results are compared using the PESQ and the SNRseg measures as well as subjective listening tests. Simulation results show that the proposed gain function, which can flexibly model exponential distributions, is a potential alternative speech enhancement gain function.

dc.subjectSpeech enhancement
dc.subjectSigmoid function
dc.subjectDecision-directed approach
dc.subjectSNR estimation
dc.subjectObjective evaluation
dc.titleOptimizaton and evaluation of sigmoid function with a priori SNR estimate for real-time speech enhancement
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleSpeech Communication
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