(30) Foreign Application Priority Data
Mar. 24, 2006 (JP) ............................... .. 2006-081853
(51) Int. Cl.
G10L 15/00 (2006.01)
G10L 17/00 (2006.01)
G10L 21/00 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. Cl. ....................... .. 704/206; 704/241; 704/250
(58) Field of Classification Search ................ .. 704/206,
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2006-081853, with English Translation, four pages.
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Primary Examiner — Justin W Rider
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm — Morrison & Foerster LLP
A similarity degree estimation method is perfonned by two processes. In a first process, an inter-band correlation matrix is created from spectral data of an input voice such that the spectral data are divided into a plurality of discrete bands which are separated from each other with spaces therebetvveen along a frequency axis, a plurality of envelope components of the spectral data are obtained from the plurality of the discrete bands, and elements of the inter-band correlation matrix are correlation values between the respective envelope components of the input voice. In a second process, a degree of similarity is calculated between a pair of input voices to be compared with each other by using respective inter-band correlation matrices obtained for the pair of the input voices through the inter-band correlation matrix creation process.
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