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In this paper, we combine modulation spectral features with mel-frequency cepstral coefficients for automatic detection of dysphonia. For classification purposes, dimensions of the original modulation spectra are reduced using higher order singular value decomposition (HOSVD). Most relevant features are selected based on their mutual information to discrimination between normophonic and dysphonic speakers made by experts. Features that highly correlate with voice alterations are associated then with a support vector machine (SVM) classifier to provide an automatic decision. Recognition experiments using two different databases suggest that the system provides complementary information to the standard mel-cepstral features.
Date of Conference: 14-19 March 2010