Automatic speaker clustering from multi-speaker utterances
March 15, 1999
Blind clustering of multi-person utterances by speaker is complicated by the fact that each utterance has at least two talkers. In the case of a two-person conversation, one can simply split each conversation into its respective speaker halves, but this introduces error which ultimately hurts clustering. We propose a clustering algorithm which is capable of associating each conversation with two clusters (and therefore two-speakers) obviating the need for splitting. Results are given for two speaker conversations culled from the Switchboard corpus, and comparisons are made to results obtained on single-speaker utterances. We conclude that although the approach is promising, our technique for computing inter-conversation similarities prior to clustering needs improvement.