Mozilla to Represent Speech Synthesis System LPCNet

LPCNet uses DSP for LPC filtering (Linear Predictive Coding) and voice path modeling
21 November 2018   443

Mozilla reported on the new speech synthesis system LPCNet, which effectively translates text to speech while reducing resource demands. This is achieved through a combination of traditional digital signal processing methods (DSP, digital signal processing) with speech synthesis mechanisms based on a recurrent neural network.

The main problem of modern systems for real-time speech synthesis based on neural networks is high computational complexity. It does not allow to use them on smartphones and tablets.

LPCNet uses DSP for LPC filtering (Linear Predictive Coding) and voice path modeling. Then, instead of all the selected samples, the neural network receives only the forecast of each subsequent one. This frees the AI ​​from modeling the vocal tract and leaves it with only an adjustment to the problems in forecasting. Neural networks need only to monitor the accuracy of the forecast, and not to generate each sample in real time.

The technology can be used in other areas where you need to improve the quality of the voice signal. For example, for transmitting speech over low-speed communication channels, eliminating noise, filtering data and restoring fragments of speech lost during transmission.

LPCNet is written in C using a high-level framework for building Keras neural networks. A GTX 1080 Ti video card is desirable for operation. Ready-made models are available for download, but the system can be trained on your own data. LPCNet is distributed under the BSD license.

Mozilla's speech synthesis system is being developed as an alternative to WaveNet by Google. The WaveNet code was open to developers in March 2018.

Python to be Language of 2018 According to TIOBE

According to experts, Python has become an integral part of many IT-spheres, including AI
09 January 2019   346

TIOBE experts called Python the programming language of 2018 - according to them, Python has become an integral part of many IT-spheres. It is leader of use at statistics, artificial intelligence systems development, scripts and system tests, and is still widely used in web development and scientific computing.

By the way, Python reached this peak for the third time - none of the languages ​​showed this result.

TIOBE Languages of the Year List
TIOBE Languages of the Year List

TIOBE experts summed up not only the whole year, but also the month. Returning to the top three in December, in January, Python continued to push C ++, although the last time it lost ground fairly quickly.

MATLAB changed places with Ruby: the first one rose to the 11th line, the second one dropped to 18. TypeScript took off as much as 118 points and took the 49th place. F # lost two dozen points, and Alice lost all four.

Tiobe Index Jan 2019 to Jan 2018 Compare
Tiobe Index Jan 2019 to Jan 2018 Compare

Kotlin started the year with a positive. The language has risen to 31st place, and experts believe that in 2019 it will enter the top 20.