Neural Networks Based Non-Uniform Scalar Quantizer Design with Particle Swarm Optimization

Wenwei Zha
Ganesh K. Venayagamoorthy, Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Quantization is a crucial link in the process of digital speech communication. Non-uniform quantizer such as the logarithm quantizers are commonly used in practice. In this paper, a companding non-uniform quantizer is designed using two neural networks to perform the nonlinear transformation. Particle swarm optimization is applied to find the weights of neural networks such that the signal to noise ratio (SNR) is maximized. Simulation results on different speech samples are presented and the proposed quantizer design is compared with the logarithm quantizer for bit rates ranging from 3 to 8.