SVSNet: An End-to-end Speaker Voice Similarity Assessment Model

Neural evaluation metrics derived for numerous speech generation tasks have recently attracted great attention. In this paper, we propose SVSNet, the first end-to-end neural network model to assess the speaker voice similarity between converted speech and natural speech for voice conversion tasks. Unlike most neural evaluation metrics that use hand-crafted features, SVSNet directly takes the raw waveform as input to more completely utilize speech information for prediction. SVSNet consists of encoder, co-attention, distance calculation, and prediction modules and is trained in an end-to-end manner. The experimental results on the Voice Conversion Challenge 2018 and 2020 (VCC2018 and VCC2020) datasets show that SVSNet outperforms well-known baseline systems in the assessment of speaker similarity at the utterance and system levels.

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