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Author: Ańıbal Ferreira

Affiliation: Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, SEEGNAL Research, Portugal

ISBN: 978-989-8111-60-9

Keyword(s): Vowel perception, automatic vowel recognition.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Applications ; Audio and Speech Processing ; Digital Signal Processing ; Multimedia ; Multimedia Signal Processing ; Pattern Recognition ; Software Engineering ; Telecommunications

Abstract: Vowel recognition is frequently based on Linear Prediction (LP) analysis and formant estimation techniques. However, the performance of these techniques decreases in the case of female or child speech because at high pitch frequencies (F0) the magnitude spectrum is scarcely sampled making formant estimation unreliable. In this paper we describe the implementation of a perceptually motivated concept of vowel recognition that is based on Perceptual Spectral Clusters (PSC) of harmonic partials. PSC based features were evaluated in automatic recognition tests using the Mahalanobis distance and using a data base of five natural Portuguese vowel sounds uttered by 44 speakers, 27 of whom are child speakers. LP based features and Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCC) were also included in the tests as a reference. Results show that while the recognition performance of PSC features falls between that of LP based features and that of MFCC coefficients, the normalization of PSC features by F0 increases the performance and approaches that of MFCC coefficients. PSC features are not only amenable to a psychophysical interpretation (as LP based features are) but have also the potential to compete with global shape features such as MFCCs. (More)

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Paper citation in several formats:
Ferreira A. and (2008). STATIC FEATURES IN ISOLATED VOWEL RECOGNITION AT HIGH PITCH.In Proceedings of the International Conference on Signal Processing and Multimedia Applications - Volume 1: SIGMAP, (ICETE 2008) ISBN 978-989-8111-60-9, pages 63-68. DOI: 10.5220/0001934500630068

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author={Ańıbal Ferreira},
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booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Signal Processing and Multimedia Applications - Volume 1: SIGMAP, (ICETE 2008)},
year={2008},
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JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Signal Processing and Multimedia Applications - Volume 1: SIGMAP, (ICETE 2008)
TI - STATIC FEATURES IN ISOLATED VOWEL RECOGNITION AT HIGH PITCH
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AU - Ferreira, A.
PY - 2008
SP - 63
EP - 68
DO - 10.5220/0001934500630068

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