Second International Workshop on Models and Analysis of Vocal Emissions for Biomedical Applications (MAVEBA 2001)
This paper describes a prototype system for the objective assessment of voice quality in patients recovering from various stages of laryngeal cancer. A large database of male subjects steadily phonating the vowel /i/ was used in the study, and the quality of their voices were independently assessed by a speech and language therapist (SALT) according to their 7-point ranking of subjective voice quality. The system extracts salient short-term and long-term time-domain and frequency-domain parameters from impedance (EGG) signals and these are used to train and test an Artificial Neural Network (ANN). Multi-layer Perceptron (MLP) ANNs were investigated using various combinations of these parameters, and the best results were obtained using a combination of short-term and longterm parameters, for which an accuracy of 92% was achieved. It is envisaged that this system could be used as a screening tool and provide a valuable aid to the SALT during clinical evaluation of voice quality.
Bibliographic reference. Ritchings, R. T. / McGillion, M. / Moore, Christopher J. (2001): "Pathological voice quality assesment using artificial neural networks", In MAVEBA-2001, 230-234.