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Combined vector and scalar codebook for robust quantization of linear predictive coefficients (LPC) parameters
Author(s): Ravi P. Ramachandran; M. M. Sondhi; N. Seshadri; B. S. Atal
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Paper Abstract

An important problem in speech coding is the quantization of linear predictive coefficients (LPC) with the smallest possible number of bits while maintaining robustness to a large variety of speech material and transmission media. Since direct quantization of LPCs is known to be unsatisfactory, we consider this problem for an equivalent representation, namely, the line spectral frequencies (LSF). To achieve an acceptable level of distortion a scalar quantizer for LSFs requires a 36 bit codebook. We derive a 30 bit two-quantizer scheme which achieves a performance equivalent to this scalar quantizer. This equivalence is verified by tests on data taken from various types of filtered speech, speech corrupted by noise and by a set of randomly generated LSFs. The two-quantizer format consists of both a vector and a scalar quantizer such that for each input, the better quantizer is used. The vector quantizer is designed from a training set that reflects the joint density (for coding efficiency) and which ensures coverage (for robustness). The scalar quantizer plays a pivotal role in dealing with regions of the space that are sparsely covered by its vector quantizer counterpart. A further reduction of 1 bit is obtained by formulating a new adaptation algorithm for the vector quantizer and doing a dynamic programming search for both quantizers. The method of adaptation takes advantage of the ordering of the LSFs and imposes no overhead in memory requirements. Subjective tests in a speech coder reveal that the 29 bit scheme produces equivalent perceptual quality to that when the parameters are unquantized.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2277, Automatic Systems for the Identification and Inspection of Humans, (25 October 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.191880
Show Author Affiliations
Ravi P. Ramachandran, Rutgers Univ. (United States)
M. M. Sondhi, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)
N. Seshadri, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)
B. S. Atal, AT&T Bell Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2277:
Automatic Systems for the Identification and Inspection of Humans
Richard J. Mammone; J. David Murley, Editor(s)

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