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Pole-zero estimation from complex cepstrum

Hi all,

I am working on the automatic detection of vowel nasalization using knowledge-based acoustical parameters as part of my PhD thesis work. In this context, I have looked at various techniques to estimate poles and zeros (eg. Shanks's method and various other techniques to linearize the zero estimation problem). Until now I haven't really found any technique that is very useful to locate the zeros in a nasal consonant/nasalized vowel spectrum.

One of the techniuqes that I only got a short description about seemed to be very different. This was based on the complex cepstrum. In this technique a derivative of the log magnitude DFT spectrum is taken to effectively convert the zeros of a transfer function to poles and estimate their locations. Even though, the approach seems interesting I haven't been able to locate a detailed reference for this technique.

I would be grateful if anyone could give me a reference for the paper, or the paper itself if possible. Also, if anyone has the code to implement it and is willing to share the code, please let me know. It would also be interesting to know your comments about the effectiveness of such pole-zero estimation techniques to the problem of locating zeros in the nasal consonant/nasalized vowel spectra.

With warm regards,

Tarun Pruthi
Graduate Research Assistant, ECE
Room 3180, A V Williams Building
University of Maryland, College Park
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