2008 NIST Speaker Recognition Evaluation Training Set Part 1

Item Name: 2008 NIST Speaker Recognition Evaluation Training Set Part 1
Authors: NIST Multimodal Information Group
LDC Catalog No.: LDC2011S05
ISBN: 1-58563-587-1
Release Date: Aug 15, 2011
Data Type: speech, text
Sample Rate: 8000 Hz
Sampling Format: ulaw
Data Source(s): microphone speech, telephone speech
Project(s): NIST SRE
Application(s): speech recognition
Language(s): Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Chinese, Egyptian Arabic, English, Farsi, Georgian, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Mandarin Chinese, Min Nan Chinese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Tigrinya, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wu Chinese
Language ID(s): ary, arz, ben, cmn, eng, fas, hin, ita, jpn, kat, khm, kor, lao, nan, pan, rus, spa, tgl, tha, tir, urd, uzb, vie, wuu, yue
Distribution: 9 DVD
Member fee: $0 for 2011 members
Non-member Fee: US $2000.00
Reduced-License Fee: US $1800.00
Extra-Copy Fee: US $1800.00
Non-member License: yes
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Citation: NIST Multimodal Information Group
2008 NIST Speaker Recognition Evaluation Training Set Part 1
Linguistic Data Consortium, Philadelphia


2008 NIST Speaker Recognition Evaluation Training Set Part 1 was developed by LDC and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology). It contains 640 hours of multilingual telephone speech and English interview speech along with transcripts and other materials used as training data in the 2008 NIST Speaker Recognition Evaluation (SRE).

SRE is part of an ongoing series of evaluations conducted by NIST. These evaluations are an important contribution to the direction of research efforts and the calibration of technical capabilities. They are intended to be of interest to all researchers working on the general problem of text independent speaker recognition. To this end the evaluation is designed to be simple, to focus on core technology issues, to be fully supported, and to be accessible to those wishing to participate.

The 2008 evaluation was distinguished from prior evaluations, in particular those in 2005 and 2006, by including not only conversational telephone speech data but also conversational speech data of comparable duration recorded over a microphone channel involving an interview scenario.


The speech data in this release was collected in 2007 by LDC at its Human Subjects Data Collection Laboratories in Philadelphia and by the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) at the University of California, Berkley. This collection was part of the Mixer 5 project, which was designed to support the development of robust speaker recognition technology by providing carefully collected and audited speech from a large pool of speakers recorded simultaneously across numerous microphones and in different communicative situations and/or in multiple languages. Mixer participants were native English and bilingual English speakers. The telephone speech in this corpus is predominately English, but also includes the languages identified above. All interview segments are in English. Telephone speech represents approximately 565 hours of the data, whereas microphone speech represents the other 75 hours.

The telephone speech segments include excerpts in the range of 8-12 seconds and 5 minutes from longer original conversations. The interview material includes short conversation interview segments of approximately 3 minutes from a longer interview session. As in prior evaluations, intervals of silence were not removed. Also, two separate conversation channels are provided (to aid systems in echo cancellation, dialog analysis, etc.). There are approximately six files distributed as part of SRE08 where each file is a 1024 byte header with no audio. However, these files were not included in the trials or keys distributed in the SRE08 aggregate corpus.

English language transcripts in .cfm format were produced using an automatic speech recognition (ASR) system.


For an example of the data contained in this corpus, review this audio sample.

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