Improved Meta-learning training for Speaker Verification

03/29/2021 ∙ by Yafeng Chen, et al. ∙ 0

Meta-learning (ML) has recently become a research hotspot in speaker verification (SV). We introduce two methods to improve the meta-learning training for SV in this paper. For the first method, a backbone embedding network is first jointly trained with the conventional cross entropy loss and prototypical networks (PN) loss. Then, inspired by speaker adaptive training in speech recognition, additional transformation coefficients are trained with only the PN loss. The transformation coefficients are used to modify the original backbone embedding network in the x-vector extraction process. Furthermore, the random erasing (RE) data augmentation technique is applied to all support samples in each episode to construct positive pairs, and a contrastive loss between the augmented and the original support samples is added to the objective in model training. Experiments are carried out on the Speaker in the Wild (SITW) and VOiCES databases. Both of the methods can obtain consistent improvements over existing meta-learning training frameworks. By combining these two methods, we can observe further improvements on these two databases.

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