A test of the effectiveness of speaker verification for differentiating between identical twins

Aladdin Ariyaeeinia, Christopher Morrison, Amit Malegaonkar, Sue Black

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    This paper presents investigations into the ability of speaker verification technology to discriminate between identical twins. It is shown that whilst, in general, the genetic and non-genetic characteristics of voice are both of value to speaker verification capabilities, it is the latter which is highly beneficial in the separation of the speech of identical twins. It is further demonstrated that through the use Of unconstrained cohort normalisation as a complementary means for the exploitation of such voice characteristics, the verification reliability can be considerably enhanced for both identical twins and unrelated speakers. Experiments were conducted using a bespoke clean-speech database consisting of utterances from 49 identical twin pairs. The paper details the problem in speaker verification posed by identical twins, discusses the experimental investigations and provides an analysis of the results. (C) 2008 Forensic Science Society. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)182-186
    Number of pages5
    JournalScience & Justice
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008


    • Speaker verification
    • Identical twins
    • Score normalisation
    • Biometrics

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