This paper presents an automatic detection of Dysarthria, a motor speech disorder, using extended speech features called Centroid Formants. Centroid Formants are the weighted averages of the formants extracted from a speech signal. This involves extraction of the first four formants of a speech signal and averaging their weighted values. The weights are determined by the peak energies of the bands of frequency resonance, formants. The resulting weighted averages are called the Centroid Formants. In our proposed methodology, these centroid formants are used to automatically detect Dysarthric speech using neural network classification technique. The experimental results recorded after testing this algorithm are presented. The experimental data consists of 200 speech samples from 10 Dysarthric Speakers and 200 speech samples from 10 age-matched healthy speakers. The experimental results show a high performance using neural networks classification. A possible future research related to this work is the use of these extended features in speaker identification and recognition of disordered speech.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 4 Dec 2017|
|Event||The 3rd International Conference on Intelligent Signal Processing - Savoy Place, London, United Kingdom|
Duration: 4 Dec 2017 → 5 Dec 2017
|Conference||The 3rd International Conference on Intelligent Signal Processing|
|Abbreviated title||ISP 2017|
|Period||4/12/17 → 5/12/17|
- speech disorder
- neural networks
- centroid formants
Ijitona, T. B., Soraghan, J. J., Lowit, A., Di-Caterina, G., & Yue, H. (2017). Automatic detection of speech disorder in dysarthria using extended speech feature extraction and neural networks classification. Paper presented at The 3rd International Conference on Intelligent Signal Processing, London, United Kingdom.