On The Compensation Between Magnitude and Phase in Speech Separation


Many recent studies optimize loss functions defined solely in the time or complex domain, without including a loss on magnitude. Although such loss functions typically produce better scores if the evaluation metrics are objective time-domain metrics, they however produce worse scores on speech quality and intelligibility metrics and usually lead to worse speech recognition performance, compared with including a loss on magnitude. While this phenomenon has been experimentally observed by many studies, it is often not accurately explained and there lacks a thorough understanding on its fundamental cause. This paper provides a novel view from the perspective of the implicit compensation between estimated magnitude and phase.


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  •  Wang, Z.-Q., Wichern, G., Le Roux, J., "On The Compensation Between Magnitude and Phase in Speech Separation", arXiv, August 2021.
    BibTeX arXiv
    • @article{Wang2021aug3,
    • author = {Wang, Zhong-Qiu and Wichern, Gordon and Le Roux, Jonathan},
    • title = {On The Compensation Between Magnitude and Phase in Speech Separation},
    • journal = {arXiv},
    • year = 2021,
    • month = aug,
    • url = {}
    • }