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Speed Improvements to Information Retrieval-Based Dynamic Time Warping Using Hierarchical K-means Clustering
Research Area: Uncategorized Year: 2013
Type of Publication: In Proceedings Keywords: Spoken term detection, audio search, query by example , indexing, retrieval
Authors: Gautam Varma Mantena, Xavier Anguera  
With the increase in multi-media data over the Internet, query by example spoken term detection (QbE-STD) has become important in providing a search mechanism to find spoken queries in spoken audio. Audio search algorithms should be efficient in terms of speed and memory to handle large audio files. In general, approaches derived from the well known dynamic time warping (DTW) algorithm suffer from scalability problems. To overcome such problems, an Information Retrieval-based DTW (IR-DTW) algorithm has been proposed recently. IR-DTW borrows techniques from Information Retrieval community to detect regions which are more likely to contain the spoken query and then uses a standard DTW to obtain exact start and end times. One drawback of the IR-DTW is the time taken for the retrieval of similar reference points for a given query point. In this paper we propose a method to improve the search performance of IR-DTW algorithm using a clustering based technique. The proposed method has shown an estimated speedup of 2400X.
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