INTERSPEECH 2013
14thAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Lyon, France
August 25-29, 2013

Evaluation of Fundamental Validity in Applying AR-HMM with Automatic Topology Generation to Pathology Voice Analysis

Akira Sasou

AIST, Japan

Voice-pathology detection from a subject's voice is a promising technology for the pre-diagnosis of larynx diseases. Glottal source estimation in particular plays a very important role in voice-pathology analysis. To more accurately estimate the spectral envelope and glottal source of the pathology voice, we propose a method that can automatically generate the topology of the Glottal Source Hidden Markov Model (GS-HMM), as well as estimate the Auto-Regressive (AR)-HMM parameter by combining the AR-HMM parameter estimation method and the Minimum Description Length-based Successive State Splitting (MDL-SSS) algorithm. This paper evaluates the fundamental validity of pathology-voice analysis based on the proposed method. The experiment results confirmed the feasibility and fundamental validity of the proposed method.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sasou, Akira (2013): "Evaluation of fundamental validity in applying AR-HMM with automatic topology generation to pathology voice analysis", In INTERSPEECH-2013, 1673-1676.