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Discrete wavelet transform and support vector machine applied to pathological voice signals identification

Sch. of Eng. of Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo Univ., Sao Carlos, Brazil
DOI: 10.1109/ISM.2005.50 Conference: Multimedia, Seventh IEEE International Symposium on
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ABSTRACT An algorithm able to classify pathological and normal voice signals based on Daubechies discrete wavelet transform (DWT-db) and support vector machines (SVM) classifier is presented. DWT-db is used for time-frequency analysis giving quantitative evaluation of signal characteristics to identify pathologies in voice signals, particularly nodules in vocal folds, of subjects with different ages for both male and female. After using a linear prediction coefficients (LPC) filter, the signals mean square values of a particular scale from wavelet analysis are entries to a nonlinear least square support vector machine (LS-SVM) classifier, which leads to an adequate larynx pathology classifier which over 95% of classification accuracy.

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