Online Streaming End-to-End Neural Diarization Handling Overlapping Speech and Flexible Numbers of Speakers

21 Jan 2021  ·  Yawen Xue, Shota Horiguchi, Yusuke Fujita, Yuki Takashima, Shinji Watanabe, Paola Garcia, Kenji Nagamatsu ·

We propose a streaming diarization method based on an end-to-end neural diarization (EEND) model, which handles flexible numbers of speakers and overlapping speech. In our previous study, the speaker-tracing buffer (STB) mechanism was proposed to achieve a chunk-wise streaming diarization using a pre-trained EEND model. STB traces the speaker information in previous chunks to map the speakers in a new chunk. However, it only worked with two-speaker recordings. In this paper, we propose an extended STB for flexible numbers of speakers, FLEX-STB. The proposed method uses a zero-padding followed by speaker-tracing, which alleviates the difference in the number of speakers between a buffer and a current chunk. We also examine buffer update strategies to select important frames for tracing multiple speakers. Experiments on CALLHOME and DIHARD II datasets show that the proposed method achieves comparable performance to the offline EEND method with 1-second latency. The results also show that our proposed method outperforms recently proposed chunk-wise diarization methods based on EEND (BW-EDA-EEND).

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