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College of Education and Human Services


Communication Sciences and Disorders


Two experiments were conducted to evaluate the effects of increasing spectral bandwidth from 3 to 10 kHz on individual speaker recognition in noisy conditions (þ5, 0, and 5 dB signal-to-noise ratio). Experiment 1 utilized h(Vowel)d (hVd) signals, while experiment 2 utilized sentences from the Rainbow Passage. Both experiments showed significant improvements in individual speaker identification in the 10 kHz bandwidth condition (6% for hVds; 10% for sentences). These results coincide with the extant machine recognition literature demonstrating significant amounts of individual speaker information present in the speech signal above approximately 3–4 kHz. Cues from the highfrequency region for speaker identity warrant further study.

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Schwartz, J. C., Whyte, A. T., Al-Nuaimi, M., & Donai, J. J. (2018). Effects of signal bandwidth and noise on individual speaker identification. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 144(5), EL447-EL452.


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