Linear Discriminant Differential Evolution for Feature Selection in Emotional Speech Recognition

Soumaya Gharsellaoui, Sid Ahmed Selouani, Mohammed Sidi Yakoub


In this paper, an evolutionary algorithm is used to select an optimal set of acoustic features for emotional speech recognition. A new algorithm that combines differential evolution (DE) optimization and linear discriminant analysis (LDA) is proposed to design an effective feature selection and classification model. An original acoustic feature framework based on auditory modeling is also presented. The auditory-based features are provided as inputs to the DE-LDA based emotional speech recognition system. To evaluate the effectiveness of the DE-LDA approach, a subset of the Emotion Prosody Speech and Transcript corpus covering five emotional states (happiness, anger, panic, sadness, and interest) is used throughout the experiments. The results show that the proposed DE-LDA model performs significantly better than the baseline systems. It achieves a classification rate of 91.6% using only 50 input parameters that are optimally selected from 128 original acoustic features.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1218

Cite as: Gharsellaoui, S., Selouani, S.A., Yakoub, M.S. (2019) Linear Discriminant Differential Evolution for Feature Selection in Emotional Speech Recognition. Proc. Interspeech 2019, 3297-3301, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1218.


@inproceedings{Gharsellaoui2019,
  author={Soumaya Gharsellaoui and Sid Ahmed Selouani and Mohammed Sidi Yakoub},
  title={{Linear Discriminant Differential Evolution for Feature Selection in Emotional Speech Recognition}},
  year=2019,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2019},
  pages={3297--3301},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1218},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2019-1218}
}