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Cepstral normalisation in automatic speech recognition is investigated in the context of robustness to additive noise. In this paper, it is argued that such normalisation leads naturally to a speech feature based on signal to noise ratio rather than absolute energy (or power). Explicit calculation of this SNR-cepstrum by means of a noise estimate is shown to have theoretical and practical advantages over the usual (energy based) cepstrum. The relationship between the SNR-cepstrum and the articulation index, known in psycho-acoustics, is discussed. Experiments are presented suggesting that the combination of the SNR-cepstrum with the well known perceptual linear prediction method can be beneficial in noisy environments.