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Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Volume 2010, Article ID 127513, 5 pages
Research Article

Signal-Based Performance Evaluation of Dereverberation Algorithms

Communications and Signal Processing Group, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ, UK

Received 7 July 2009; Accepted 13 October 2009

Academic Editor: Vesa Valimaki

Copyright © 2010 Patrick A. Naylor et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We address the measurement of reverberation in terms of the (DRR) in the context of the assessment of dereverberation algorithms for which we wish to quantify the level of reverberation before and after processing. The DRR is normally calculated from the impulse response of the reverberating system. However, several important dereverberation algorithms involve nonlinear and/or time-varying processing and therefore their effect cannot conveniently be represented in terms of modifications to the impulse response of the reverberating system. In such cases, we show that a good estimate of DRR can be obtained from the input/output signals alone using the Signal-to-Reverberant Ratio (SRR) only if the source signal is spectrally white and correctly normalized. We study alternative normalization schemes and conclude by showing a least squares optimal normalization procedure for estimating DRR using signal-based SRR measurement. Simulation results illustrate the accuracy of DRR estimation using SRR.