RT05s and RT06s Evaluation Conditions

This section focuses on the two latest evaluations performed on the meetings domain, namely RT05s and RT06s. These two are similar in that two different subdomains were proposed, with different microphone configurations within each subdomain. All systems were allowed to run with unlimited runtime speed so that they could be comparable within the same metrics. The speed of each system was reported as part of the system description.

In brief, the two proposed subdomains were:

In each one of the meeting rooms there are multiple microphones available which record the signal synchronously.In some settings there are also cameras, but these fall outside of the scope of the speaker diarization evaluation. The microphones are clustered in different groups to determine different conditions/evaluation subtasks. The following list points out the terminology used for each of the possible groups and wether it is used in the speaker diarization evaluation and in which domain:

(Single Distant Microphone): This is defined as one of the centrally located microphones in the room, located on the meetings table. This microphone is always part of the bigger MDM group. Both lecture and conference room subdomains run this task.

(Multiple Distant Microphones): These are a set of microphones situated on the meeting table. All participants in the conference room subdomain sit around the table as well as participants on the lecture room subdomain except for the lecturer. This task also exists in both subdomains.

(Multiple Mark III Microphone Arrays): The lecture meetings contain one or two of these arrays, which were built by NIST and contain 64 microphones setup linearly. Diarization could be run on either 64 channels or a beamformed version of it distributed by Karlsruhe University for RT06s.

(Multiple Source Localization Microphone Arrays): These are four groups of four microphones positioned into a ``T'' shape array which were originally defined for speaker localization. They are only found in the lecture subdomain.

(All Distant Microphones): In lecture room recordings this task allows the system to use all possible microphones previously explained (all except for the IHM microphones). The conference room subdomain does not usually define this task as all distant microphones are of MDM type.

(Individual Headphone Microphone Arrays): Although not evaluated in the diarization evaluations, these microphones are worn by some of the participants in the meetings. They are a task in the STT evaluation and are also used when creating the forced-alignment reference segmentations for speaker diarization.

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