Speaker Embeddings With Weakly Supervised Voice Activity Detection For Efficient Speaker Diarization

15 May 2024  ·  Jenthe Thienpondt, Kris Demuynck ·

Current speaker diarization systems rely on an external voice activity detection model prior to speaker embedding extraction on the detected speech segments. In this paper, we establish that the attention system of a speaker embedding extractor acts as a weakly supervised internal VAD model and performs equally or better than comparable supervised VAD systems. Subsequently, speaker diarization can be performed efficiently by extracting the VAD logits and corresponding speaker embedding simultaneously, alleviating the need and computational overhead of an external VAD model. We provide an extensive analysis of the behavior of the frame-level attention system in current speaker verification models and propose a novel speaker diarization pipeline using ECAPA2 speaker embeddings for both VAD and embedding extraction. The proposed strategy gains state-of-the-art performance on the AMI, VoxConverse and DIHARD III diarization benchmarks.

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