Longitudinal Voice Study (LoVoiS) Methodology and Preliminary Research Results

Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 471)


The paper describes an approach to the kids and youth pubertal evaluation using voice signal. The results of preliminary study conducted on a group of 109 children (58 boys and 51 girls aged 10–18 years) has been presented. The analysis of the voice fundamental frequency proves that this parameter strongly depends on the age (for boys) and on the time of the first menarche (for girls). Such a method for girls and boys maturation assessment is very important for, among others, anthropologist in their studies on social inequalities and observing secular trends.


Pubertal Voice analysis Statistical analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Informatics and Medical EquipmentSilesian University of TechnologyGliwicePoland
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyWroclaw University of Environmental and Life SciencesWrocławPoland
  3. 3.Polish Academy of Science, Unit of AnthropologyWrocławPoland

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