Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

On the Selection of Meaningful Speech Parameters Used by a Pathologic/Non Pathologic Voice Register Classifier

Juan I. Godino-Llorente (1), Santiago Aguilera-Navarro (1), Carlos Hernández-Espinosa (2), Mercedes Fernández-Redondo (2), Pedro Gómez-Vilda (3)

(1) LTR (Lab. de Tecnología de Rehabilitación), E.T.S.I. de Telecomunicación, Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid, Spain
(2) Dpto. de Informática, Universidad Jaume I, Campus Riu Sec, Castellón, Spain
(3) Facultad de Informatica, UPM, Campus de Montegancedo s/n, Boadilla del Monte, Madrid, Spain

Most of vocal and voice diseases cause changes in the voice. These diseases have to be diagnosed and treated during an early stage. There is an increased risk for vocal and voice diseases due to the modern way of life. Acoustic voice analysis is an effective and non-invasive tool due to: a) Objective support of the diagnostics. b) Screening the vocal and voice diseases and especially their early detection. c) Objective determination of the impairment of the vocal function. d) Objective evaluation of the effect of the air pollution on the voice. e) Evaluation of surgical and pharmacological treatments. f) Evaluation of the rehabilitation. Many algorithms to calculate acoustic parameters have been developed and it is demonstrated that there is a great correlation between deviations of parameters and pathologies. The effectiveness and importance of the acoustic analysis of pathological voices has been proven by many experimental researches demonstrating that acoustic parameters of pathologic voices are deviated from the mean. The authors have focused their task in separation of pathologic/non pathologic voices, and evaluating the meaningful acoustic parameters by means of neural network technology and pruning methods.

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Bibliographic reference.  Godino-Llorente, Juan I. / Aguilera-Navarro, Santiago / Hernández-Espinosa, Carlos / Fernández-Redondo, Mercedes / Gómez-Vilda, Pedro (1999): "On the selection of meaningful speech parameters used by a pathologic/non pathologic voice register classifier", In EUROSPEECH'99, 563-566.