Robust Pathological Voice Detection Based on Component Information from HMM

  • M. Sarria-Paja
  • G. Castellanos-Domínguez
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7015)


Short–time parameters combined with dynamic classifiers such as Hidden Markov Models have been classically used in pathological voice detection systems, however most of the approaches rely in complex procedures or addition of new parameters that increases the time processing and it does not reflect in a better system performance. This paper presents an approach that improves the standard scheme for Hidden Markov Models based classification oriented to voice pathological identification. This approach uses HMMs to derive discriminative features defined by specific components of individual models, such features span an HMM–induced vector space where a feature based classifier can be trained. Results show that the discussed methodology outperforms significantly the accuracy in a classification system comparing with the standard classification scheme. As a result a high accuracy can be achieved by using a relatively simple procedure to generate an optimal decision boundary. Results are provided using the MEEIVL voice disorder database.


HMM Vector Induced Space Pathological voice classification 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Sarria-Paja
    • 1
  • G. Castellanos-Domínguez
    • 2
  1. 1.Intelligent Machines and Pattern Recognition GroupInstituto Tecnológico MetropolitanoColombia
  2. 2.Signal Processing and Recognition GroupUniversidad Nacional de ColombiaColombia

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