Inventi Impact: Audio, Speech & Music Processing
INSTRUMENTAL ESTIMATION OF E-MODEL PARAMETERS FOR WIDEBAND SPEECH CODECS
Sebastian Möller, Nicolas Côté, Valérie Gautier-Turbin, Nobuhiko Kitawaki, Akira Takahashi
A method is described for quantifying the quality of wideband speech codecs. Two parameters are derived from signal-based speech quality model estimations: (i) a wideband equipment impairment factor Ie ,W B and (ii) a wideband packet-loss robustness factor Bp l,W B. The equipment impairment factor can be combined with impairment factors for other quality degradations to form an estimate of the overall conversational quality R of a wideband communication scenario, using a wideband extension of the E-model. The packet-loss robustness factor captures the robustness of the codec against packet-loss degradations. In contrast to past work, these parameters are no longer determined on the basis of auditory test results, but from signal-based speech quality models. We applied three intrusive models to several databases and compared the derived quality estimates and impairment factors to those obtained from auditory tests. The results show that when migrating from narrowband to wideband transmission—a quality improvement of roughly 30% can be obtained, which is very similar to the one observed in auditory tests. The estimated impairment factors show a high correlation to those derived from auditory scores. Congruences and discrepancies to auditory test results are discussed, and an outline of work necessary to set up a wideband or even superwideband E-model is given.
CC Compliant Citation: Sebastian Moller, Nicolas Cote, Valerie Gautier-Turbin, Nobuhiko Kitawaki, Akira Takahashi,
Instrumental Estimation of E-Model Parameters for Wideband Speech Codecs, Hindawi Publishing Corporation EURASIP Journal on
Audio, Speech, and Music Processing Volume 2010, Article ID 782731.