Sixth International Workshop on Models and Analysis of Vocal Emissions for Biomedical Applications (MAVEBA 2009)

Florence, Italy
December 14-16, 2009

Melody Analysis of The Newborn Infant Cries

G. Várallyay Jr (1), András Illényi (2), Zoltán Benyó (1)

(1) Dept. of Control Engineering and Information Technology; (2) Dept. of Telecommunications and Media Informatics; Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary

The melody analysis of the infant cries was performed manually in the past. Based on subjective listening, only estimations could be achieved about the real melodies. A novel method had been introduced a few years ago to categorize the melody shapes. It says that the melodies of the infant cries are combined from elementary units. The melody shapes can be classified according to the order of these elementary units. Utilizing this automatized system authors showed that there are 39 different melody shapes of the newborn infant cries, the top 15 categories cover the 93% of the analyzed 580 melodies.

Index Terms. newborns, infant cry, melody analysis, melody shape classification

Full Paper (reprinted with permission from Firenze University Press)

Bibliographic reference.  Várallyay Jr, G. / Illényi, András / Benyó, Zoltán (2009): "Melody analysis of the newborn infant cries", In MAVEBA-2009, 7-10.