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Combining time-delayed decorrelation and ICA: Towards solving the cocktail party problem

By Te-won Lee and Reinhold Orglmeister

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We present methods to separate blindly mixed signals recorded in a room. The learning algorithm is based on the information maximization in a single layer neural network. We focus on the implementation of the learning algorithm and on issues that arise when separating speakers in room recordings. We used an infomax approach in a feedforward neural network implemented in the frequency domain using the polynomial filter matrix algebra technique. Fast convergence speed was achieved by using a time-delayed decorrelation method as a preprocessing step. Under minimum-phasemixing conditions this preprocessing step was sufficient for the separation of signals. These methods successfully separated a recorded voice with music in the background(cocktail party problem). Finally, we discuss problems that arise in real world recordings and their potential solutions. 1

Year: 1998
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