Fifth International Workshop on Models and Analysis of Vocal Emissions for Biomedical Applications (MAVEBA 2007)

Florence, Italy
December 13-15, 2007

Multiple Feature Sets and Genetic Search Based Discrimination of Pathological Voices

M. Bacauskiene (1), Adas Gelzinis (1), M. Kaseta (3), M. Kovalenko (1), R. Pribuisiene (3), V. Uloza (3), Antanas Verikas (1,2)

(1) Department of Applied Electronics, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
(2) Intelligent Systems Laboratory, Halmstad University, Sweden
(3) Department of Otolaryngology, Kaunas University of Medicine, Kaunas, Lithuania

The effectiveness of ten different feature sets in classification of voice recordings of the sustained phonation of the vowel sound /a/ into a healthy and pathological classes is investigated as well as a new approach to building a sequential committee of support vector machines (SVM) for the classification is proposed. The optimal values of hyper-parameters of the committee and the feature sets providing the best performance are found during the genetic search. In the experimental investigations performed using 444 voice recordings of the sustained phonation of the vowel sound /a/ coming from 148 subjects, three recordings from each subject, the correct classification rate of over 92% was obtained. The classification accuracy has been compared with the accuracy obtained from four human experts. Keywords— voice pathology; feature selection; genetic search; support vector machine

Full Paper (reprinted with permission from Firenze University Press)

Bibliographic reference.  Bacauskiene, M. / Gelzinis, Adas / Kaseta, M. / Kovalenko, M. / Pribuisiene, R. / Uloza, V. / Verikas, Antanas (2007): "Multiple feature sets and genetic search based discrimination of pathological voices", In MAVEBA-2007, 195-198.