11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

A Cluster-Profile Representation of Emotion Using Agglomerative Hierarchical Clustering

Emily Mower, Kyu J. Han, Sungbok Lee, Shrikanth S. Narayanan

University of Southern California, USA

The proper representation of emotion is critical in classification systems. In previous research, we demonstrated that emotion profile (EP) based representations are effective for this task. In EP-based representations, emotions are expressed in terms of underlying affective components from the subset of anger, happiness, neutrality, and sadness. The current study explores cluster profiles (CP), an alternate profile representation in which the components are no longer semantic labels, but clusters inherent in the feature space. This unsupervised clustering of the feature space permits the application of a system-level semi-supervised learning paradigm. The results demonstrate that CPs are similarly discriminative to EPs (EP classification accuracy: 68.37% vs. 69.25% for the CP-based classification). This suggests that exhaustive labeling of a representative training corpus may not be necessary for emotion classification tasks.

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Bibliographic reference.  Mower, Emily / Han, Kyu J. / Lee, Sungbok / Narayanan, Shrikanth S. (2010): "A cluster-profile representation of emotion using agglomerative hierarchical clustering", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 797-800.