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Comparing ANNs and genetic programming for voice quality assessment post-treatment

Ritchings, T, Berry, C and Sheta, W 2008, 'Comparing ANNs and genetic programming for voice quality assessment post-treatment' , Applied Artificial Intelligence, 22 (3) , pp. 198-207.

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In the U.K., the rehabilitation of a patient's voice following treatment for cancer of the larynx is managed by Speech and Language Therapists (SALT), who listen to a patient's stylized speech and then use their experience and domain knowledge to make an assessment of the current quality of the patient's voice. This process is very subjective and time consuming, and could benefit from using AI techniques to provide objective, reproducible assessments of voice quality. A comparative study of voice quality assessment post-treatment using Artificial Neural Networks (ANN), the preferred AI technique in this application area, and Genetic Programming (GP) is described, using the same dataset, training, and verification procedures. The GP approach was found to give more accurate classifications of bad quality (immediately post-treatment) and good quality (recovered) voicings than the ANN, and in addition, gave indication of the most significant parameters in the input dataset.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre (SIRC)
Journal or Publication Title: Applied Artificial Intelligence
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0883-9514
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2011 12:29
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 00:24

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