#### Local Training for PLDA in Speaker Verification

##### Chenghui Zhao, Lantian Li, Dong Wang, April Pu

PLDA is a popular normalization approach for the i-vector model, and it has delivered state-of-the-art performance in speaker verification. However, PLDA training requires a large amount of labeled development data, which is highly expensive in most cases. A possible approach to mitigate the problem is various unsupervised adaptation methods, which use unlabeled data to adapt the PLDA scattering matrices to the target domain. In this paper, we present a new local training' approach that utilizes inaccurate but much cheaper local labels to train the PLDA model. These local labels discriminate speakers within a single conversion only, and so are much easier to obtain compared to the normal global labels'. Our experiments show that the proposed approach can deliver significant performance improvement, particularly with limited globally-labeled data.

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