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

Florence, Italy
December 14-16, 2009

Modulation Spectral Features for Objective Voice Quality Assessment: The Breathiness Case

Maria Markaki (1), Yannis Stylianou (1,2)

(1) Computer Science Dept, University of Crete, Greece
(2) Institute of Computer Science, FORTH, Crete, Greece

In this paper, we employ normalized modulation spectral features for objective voice quality assessment regarding breathiness. Modulation spectra usually produce a high-dimensionality space. For classification purposes, the size of the original space is reduced using Higher Order Singular Value Decomposition (SVD). Further, we select most relevant features based on the mutual information between the degree of breathiness and the computed features, which leads to an adaptive to the classification task modulation spectral representation. The adaptive modulation spectral features are used as input to a Naive Bayes (NB) classifier. By combining two NB classifiers based on different feature sets a global classification rate of 79% for breathiness was achieved.

Index Terms. Objective voice quality assessment, breathiness, modulation spectrum, mutual information, SVD

Full Paper (reprinted with permission from Firenze University Press)

Bibliographic reference.  Markaki, Maria / Stylianou, Yannis (2009): "Modulation spectral features for objective voice quality assessment: the breathiness case", In MAVEBA-2009, 41-44.