Analyzing speaker verification embedding extractors and back-ends under
language and channel mismatch
Anna Silnova, Themos Stafylakis, Ladislav Mosner, Oldrich Plchot, Johan Rohdin, Pavel Matejka, Lukas Burget, Ondrej Glembek, Niko Brummer
In this paper, we analyze the behavior and performance of speaker embeddings and the back-end scoring model under domain and language mismatch. We present our findings regarding ResNet-based speaker embedding architectures and show that reduced temporal stride yields improved performance. We then consider a PLDA back-end and show how a combination of small speaker subspace, language-dependent PLDA mixture, and nuisance-attribute projection can have a drastic impact on the performance of the system. Besides, we present an efficient way of scoring and fusing class posterior logit vectors recently shown to perform well for speaker verification task. The experiments are performed using the NIST SRE 2021 setup.