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Study on adaptive compressed sensing & reconstruction of quantized speech signals
© Yunyun and Zhen; licensee Springer. 2012
- Received: 2 December 2011
- Accepted: 10 October 2012
- Published: 31 October 2012
Compressed sensing (CS) is a rising focus in recent years for its simultaneous sampling and compression of sparse signals. Speech signals can be considered approximately sparse or compressible in some domains for natural characteristics. Thus, it has great prospect to apply compressed sensing to speech signals. This paper is involved in three aspects. Firstly, the sparsity and sparsifying matrix for speech signals are analyzed. Simultaneously, a kind of adaptive sparsifying matrix based on the long-term prediction of voiced speech signals is constructed. Secondly, a CS matrix called two-block diagonal (TBD) matrix is constructed for speech signals based on the existing block diagonal matrix theory to find out that its performance is empirically superior to that of the dense Gaussian random matrix when the sparsifying matrix is the DCT basis. Finally, we consider the quantization effect on the projections. Two corollaries about the impact of the adaptive quantization and nonadaptive quantization on reconstruction performance with two different matrices, the TBD matrix and the dense Gaussian random matrix, are derived. We find that the adaptive quantization and the TBD matrix are two effective ways to mitigate the quantization effect on reconstruction of speech signals in the framework of CS.
- Compressed sensing
- Speech signals
- Sparsifying matrix
- Sensing matrix
In recent years, compressed sensing (CS)[1–4] has been a new and popular paradigm of signal acquisition and compression in applied science and engineering such as image processing, wireless communication, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and so on. In contrast with the conventional Nyquist sampling theorem, CS theory demonstrates that a sparse signal can be exactly recovered through far fewer projections, providing that the sensing matrix is highly incoherent with the sparsifying matrix.
As an important branch of signal processing, speech signal processing has achieved a considerable development in past decades. In addition, the application of CS theory to the field of speech signal processing is becoming a rising research focus. In[5, 6], the sparsity of the residual excitation is utilized to construct sparsifying matrices for voiced speech signals. However, in the aforementioned two literatures, the sparsifying matrix constructed using the impulse response for voiced speech is impractical for its dependence on the currently reconstructed signal itself. Therefore, a codebook of impulse response vectors generated from the training speech data is proposed as the sparsifying matrix in.
This work also constructs an adaptive sparsifying matrix for voiced speech based on the quasi-periodicity during voiced segments. And this adaptive sparsifying matrix is a kind of symmetric cyclic matrix which is generated on the basis of the long term prediction. Therefore, this adaptive sparsifying matrix is dependent on the previously reconstructed signal instead of the current signal.
Then, a kind of CS matrix called two-block diagonal (TBD) matrix is constructed for voiced speech signals. The concentration inequality of the TBD matrix is simply demonstrated in Section 4. Subsequently, we can find that the TBD matrix satisfies the restricted isometry property (RIP) according to a theorem in.
The third key point of this work to be discussed is quantization. It is well known that analog signals should be sampled, quantized and then encoded before transmission. Thus, quantization of CS projections is of great importance. The distortion rate performance and some measures to mitigate the impact of quantization noise on reconstruction have been considered in[9–15]. In this paper, we apply uniform scalar quantization to the measurements of the speech signal and quantitatively show that how adaptive quantization affects the reconstruction quality compared with the nonadaptive quantization. In addition, we find that the TBD matrix is more robust to the quantization noise than the dense Gaussian matrix based on the fact that the TBD matrix can effectively restricted the impact of quantization noise on reconstruction of speech signals.
The rest of the paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we briefly review the principle of CS. Section 3 presents the construction of an adaptive sparsifying matrix for voiced speech signals. In Section 4, a sensing matrix is constructed for voiced speech signals. And in Section 5, the effect of quantization of projections on reconstruction is discussed. Section 6 then concludes our work.
x is considered to be K-sparse with respect to Ψ. Then Ψ is called a sparsifying matrix.
where Φ is called the sensing matrix and A is named the CS matrix. It is required that the CS matrix must satisfy certain conditions for effective reconstruction of the coefficient vector θ. And RIP is a sufficient condition for effective reconstruction. In the following, we firstly recall the definition of restricted isometry constant.
holds for all K-sparse vectors. And the matrix A is said to satisfy K-order RIP with prescribed constant δ K .
which is called BP algorithm.
to achieve effective reconstruction, where ε is an upper bound of l2-norm of the noise vector t. A theorem introducing the reconstruction performance of BPDN algorithm in detail is presented in Section 5 which is firstly formulated in.
Another kind of reconstruction algorithms are named greedy pursuit algorithms including orthogonal matching pursuit (OMP), subspace pursuit (SP), stagewise orthogonal matching pursuit (StOMP), regularized orthogonal matching pursuit (ROMP) and sparsity adaptive matching pursuit (SAMP).
Speech signals, because of their natural characteristics such as the rich frequency components, cannot meet the definition of exact sparsity in a strict sense. And speech signals can only be regarded as compressible with a lot of nonzero but small coefficients in some basis like DCT. It is known that sparsity of signals is the precondition of CS. Thus, in the following, we firstly construct an adaptive sparsifying matrix for voiced segments.
3.1 Sparsifying matrix and sparsity of voiced speech
where T denotes the number of samples in a pitch period, namely, pitch period. In terms of the quasi-periodicity of voiced speech, some assumptions are made below.
It is obvious that xi+ 1 is approximately sparse with respect to the matrix Ψ defined in Eq. (11) which is composed of components of x i . Thus, at the decoder, the recovered signal of the current pitch period can be used to constitute a sparsifying matrix for the signal of next pitch period.
Moreover, if g ≠ 0, the adaptive sparsifying matrix Ψ defined in Eq. (11) is invertible.
Although this adaptive sparsifying matrix is not a canonical basis in a conventional sense, it has two advantages. On the one hand, as an adaptive sparsifying matrix which is constructed by the recovered signal, the decoder doesn’t need additional storage space and at the encoder it is not necessary to spend time attaining the training data to construct the codebook and to transmit it to the decoder such as the approach proposed in. On the other hand, the approximate sparsity of speech signals with respect to this adaptive sparsifying matrix is superior to the DCT basis, which can be verified by the comparison of reconstruction performance between the adaptive sparsifying matrix and the DCT basis in the subsection 3.3.
3.2 Sparsity of unvoiced speech signals
The transform coefficients based on the spectral characteristics of unvoiced speech signals are nearly uniformly distributed in the frequency domain with no obvious decay. Consequently, the sparsity of unvoiced speech signal with respect to the DCT basis is undesirable. Furthermore, we have not found a satisfactory sparsifying matrix for unvoiced speech signals. Therefore, the usual practice in the framework of CS is to apply the scheme to entire speech signals and not to distinguish voiced speech signals and unvoiced speech signals in advance. Moreover, we find that the overall performance has not been greatly influenced, which can be verified by the simulation results in the following subsection. The reason is that the proportion of voiced speech is more than seventy percent and voiced speech bears dominating information of speech. Certainly, it is of great significance for us to seek to construct a basis or a redundant dictionary for unvoiced speech signals, which is the focus of our future work.
Some simulation results are illustrated in this subsection to show the performance of the adaptive sparsifying matrix. The testing speech signals are sampled at 16K Hz with the length of a frame N=320. There are 152 frames including 135 frames of voiced speech and 17 frames of unvoiced speech. And the sensing matrix used in this section is the dense Gaussian random matrix whose entries are i.i.d Gaussian random variables with mean zero and variance. And BP algorithm is used in this subsection to achieve reconstruction of speech signals.
for mitigating error propagation.
where x* is the reconstructed signal vector.
Regardless of the types of pitch periods, when u s ≤ 0.5, the reconstruction performance of the adaptive sparsifying matrix is far better than that of DCT. But when u s > 0.5, the adaptive sparsifying matrix and the DCT basis have similar performance for the first type and third type of voiced speech. However, for the second type of voiced speech, the reconstruction performance of the adaptive sparsifying matrix is slightly worse than that of the DCT basis. The reason is that with the great attenuation of the amplitude, the quasi-periodicity of the second type of voiced speech is undesirable.
4.1 Two-block diagonal matrix
A sufficient condition for successful reconstruction of a sparse vector from undersampled measurements is that the CS matrix satisfies RIP with a required constant. It has been shown in some literatures that a dense Gaussian random matrix whose entries are i.i.d. random variables drawn according to normal distribution with mean zero and variance [1, 2, 8 ] satisfies RIP with high probability.
In this section, a sensing matrix is constructed according to the characteristics of voiced speech signals. In [25–29], a kind of structured random matrix called block diagonal matrix is applied to achieve CS in wireless communication and image processing. In[25, 26], a lot of identical blocks are used to construct a block diagonal matrix as a sensing matrix for image processing with no proof of its property to meet RIP. From a view of information theory, proposes the block diagonal matrix for natural images also with no proof of its property to meet RIP. In addition,[28, 29] present RIP for block diagonal matrices.
However, in this work, a specific block diagonal matrix with just two different blocks called two-block diagonal (TBD) matrix is constructed for voiced speech signals and a simple proof of its RIP is given although some proofs of RIP for block diagonal matrices have been given in[28, 29].
As we know, the spectral energy of voiced speech signals is concentrated in low-frequency domain and decays rapidly. Thus, the high-frequency coefficients of a voiced speech signal in DCT domain are much sparser than the low-frequency coefficients. In the following, the definition of the TBD matrix is stated.
where is a Gaussian random matrix whose entries are i.i.d. random variables drawn according to normal distribution with mean zero and variance and is also a Gaussian random matrix whose entries are i.i.d. random variables drawn according to normal distribution with mean zero and variance.
where θ = Ψ T x. We just need to prove that A satisfies RIP.
where C(δ) is a constant depending on δ.
The proof of Lemma 1 can be found in Appendix. In order to prove that the TBD matrix satisfies RIP, a theorem in literature is first recalled.
the matrix A satisfies the K-order RIP with the prescribed constant δ with probability, where c1 and c2 are constants depending on δ.
Therefore, in light of Lemma 1 and theorem 1, it suffices to show that the TBD matrix A satisfies RIP. In fact, the TBD matrix can also be employed as the CS matrix when the sparsifying matrix is the adaptive sparsifying matrix in Section 3. The reason is that the coefficient vector β with respect to the adaptive sparsifying matrix in Eq. (12) also exhibits similar concentration characteristic to the DCT coefficients. However, it is inappropriate to employ the adaptive sparsifying matrix and the TBD matrix simultaneously in CS system. Firstly, the adaptive sparsifying matrix must be orthonormalized in this case, which undoubtedly increase the computational complexity of the CS system. Secondly, more parameters need to be adjusted. The last but not the least, the TBD matrix cannot considerably improve the reconstruction performance with respect to the adaptive sparsifying matrix for the extremely compressible coefficient vector β and limited approximation accuracy. Thus, we employ the DCT basis as the sparsifying matrix for speech signals in Section 4 and Section 5.
Figure 10b demonstrates the comparison of average SNR of the entire testing speech signals between the TBD matrix and the dense Gaussian random matrix. Although the overall reconstruction performance degrades slightly, the TBD matrix with right values of u l and u h still performs much better than the dense Gaussian random matrix.
More importantly, as the TBD matrix can restrict the impact of quantization noise on reconstruction of speech signals, it can attain better reconstruction performance than the dense Gaussian matrix when the measurements are quantized, which is described in details in the next section.
5.1 Quantization of speech signals in the framework of CS
We apply uniform scalar quantization to the projections. In, an analysis of the noise power generated by the uniform scalar quantization when the input signal meets the Gaussian distribution has been carried out and a table for the optimal values of finite quantization range for different quantization levels is provided, which contributes to our following analysis on adaptive quantization.
Speech signals are a kind of time-variant signals and it is possible for the energy of different segments to show great changes. Furthermore, in an expectation sense, the energy of measurement vector is equal to that of the signal vector. Therefore, it is necessary to implement adaptive quantization to the projections. In the following, the effect of adaptive quantization on reconstruction performance is discussed in the framework of CS.
From Eq. (56), it is clear that the noise power of a fixed quantizer depends not only on the variance of the current frame but also depends on the ratio of the variances of the successive two frames.
where C1 and C2 are constants depending on δ2K.
For an adaptive quantizer, the reconstruction SNR is written as SNR a , and for a fixed quantizer, the reconstruction SNR is written as SNR f . In the following, two corollaries about the impact of the adaptive quantization on reconstruction performance are derived in this paper. In this paper, we focus on the effect of quantization noise. Therefore, in the two corollaries below, we assume that extends to zero.
The testing speech signals used in experiments of this subsection are also the same as that in Section 3. The sparsifying matrix used in this section is the DCT basis. And we employ the BPDN algorithm to achieve reconstruction in this subsection. The measure of performance evaluation is also the average SNR.
This paper demonstrates the potential of applying CS to speech signals especially voiced speech signals. From the viewpoint of long-term prediction, we analyze the sparsity of voiced speech signals and construct an adaptive sparsifying matrix. Moreover, a CS matrix called TBD matrix is constructed in terms of the spectral characteristics of voiced speech signals. Finally, the distribution of the projections is analyzed to carry out quantization. And the reconstruction performance of the adaptive quantization and nonadaptive quantization is studied. In addition, under the adaptive quantization, the reconstruction qualities of TBD matrix and the dense Gaussian matrix are empirically compared with different quantization bits. Therefore, we find that the TBD matrix and the adaptive quantization can effectively mitigate the quantization effect on reconstruction of speech signals in the framework of CS.
This work is supported by the National Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 60971129 & 61201326 & 61271335), the National Research Program of China (973 Program) (Grant No. 2011CB302303), the Natural Science Fund for Higher Education of Jiangsu Province (Grant No. 12KJB510021) and the Scientific Innovation Research Program of College Graduate in Jiangsu Province (Grant No. CXLX11_0408).
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