Second DIHARD Challenge Development - SEEDLingS

Item Name: Second DIHARD Challenge Development - SEEDLingS
Author(s): Neville Ryant, Mark Liberman, James Fiumara, Christopher Cieri
LDC Catalog No.: LDC2021S11
ISBN: 1-58563-980-X
Release Date: November 15, 2021
Member Year(s): 2021
DCMI Type(s): Software, Sound, Text
Sample Type: pcm
Sample Rate: 16000
Data Source(s): microphone speech
Application(s): diarization, speech activity detection
Language(s): English
Language ID(s): eng
License(s): Second DIHARD Challenge Development - SEEDLingS Agreement (For-Profit)
Second DIHARD Challenge Development - SEEDLingS Agreement (Non-Member)
Second DIHARD Challenge Development - SEEDLingS Agreement (Not-For-Profit)
Online Documentation: LDC2021S11 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Ryant, Neville, et al. Second DIHARD Challenge Development - SEEDLingS LDC2021S11. Web Download. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 2021.
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Second DIHARD Challenge Development - SEEDLinGS was developed by Duke University and LDC and contains approximately two hours of English child language recordings along with corresponding annotations used in support of the Second DIHARD Challenge.

This release, when combined with Second DIHARD Challenge Development - Eleven Sources (LDC2021S10), contains the development set audio data and annotation, except for CHiME-5 audio files, which must be obtained from the University of Sheffield.

The DIHARD Challenges are a set of shared tasks on diarization focusing on "hard" diarization; that is, speech diarization for challenging corpora where there was an expectation that existing state-of-the-art systems would fare poorly. As with the first challenge, the second development and evaluation sets were drawn from a diverse sampling of sources including monologues, map task dialogues, broadcast interviews, sociolinguistic interviews, meeting speech, speech in restaurants, clinical recordings, extended child language acquisition recordings, and YouTube videos.


Source data is from the SEEDLingS (The Study of Environmental Effects on Developing Linguistic Skills) corpus, designed to investigate how infants' early linguistic and environmental input plays a role in their learning. Recordings were generated in the home environment of infants in the Rochester, New York area. A subset of that data was annotated by LDC for use in the First and Second DIHARD Challenges.

The data in this release consists of files provided in the Second DIHARD Challenge as well as subsequently updated annotated files not provided to second challenge participants.

All audio is provided in the form of 16 kHz, 16-bit, mono-channel FLAC files. The diarization for each recording is stored as a NIST Rich Transcription Time Marked (RTTM) file. RTTM files are space-separated text files containing one turn per line. Segmentation files are stored as HTK label files. Each of these files contains one speech segment per line. Scoring regions for each recording are specific by un-partitioned evaluation map (UEM) files. All annotation file types are encoded as UTF-8. More information about the file formats and data sources and domains are in the included documentation.


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