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An emotional modulation model as signature for the identification of children developmental disorders

Abstract : In recent years, applications like Apple's Siri or Microsoft's Cortana have created the illusion that one can actually "chat" with a machine. However, a perfectly natural human-machine interaction is far from real as none of these tools can empathize. This issue has raised an increasing interest in speech emotion recognition systems, as the possibility to detect the emotional state of the speaker. This possibility seems relevant to a broad number of domains, ranging from man-machine interfaces to those of diagnostics. With this in mind, in the present work, we explored the possibility of applying a precision approach to the development of a statistical learning algorithm aimed at classifying samples of speech produced by children with developmental disorders(DD) and typically developing(TD) children. Under the assumption that acoustic features of vocal production could not be efficiently used as a direct marker of DD, we propose to apply the Emotional Modulation function(EMF) concept, rather than running analyses on acoustic features per se to identify the different classes. The novel paradigm was applied to the French Child Pathological & Emotional Speech Database obtaining a final accuracy of 0.79, with maximum performance reached in recognizing language impairment (0.92) and autism disorder (0.82).
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Arianna Mencattini, Francesco Mosciano, Maria Comes, Tania Di Gregorio, Grazia Raguso, et al.. An emotional modulation model as signature for the identification of children developmental disorders. Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group, 2018, 8, pp.14487. ⟨10.1038/s41598-018-32454-7⟩. ⟨hal-01993360⟩



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