International Journal of Image, Graphics and Signal Processing(IJIGSP)

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IJIGSP Vol.5, No.9, Jul. 2013

A Hybrid of Genetic Algorithm and Support Vector Machine for Feature Reduction and Detection of Vocal Fold Pathology

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Vahid Majidnezhad,Igor Kheidorov

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Vocal Fold Pathology Diagnosis, Wavelet Packet Decomposition (WPD), Mel-Frequency-Cepstral-Coefficient (MFCC), Principal Component Analysis (PCA), Genetic Algorithm (GA), Support Vector Machine (SVM)


Acoustic analysis is a proper method in vocal fold pathology diagnosis so that it can complement and in some cases replace the other invasive, based on direct vocal fold observation, methods. There are different approaches and algorithms for vocal fold pathology diagnosis. These algorithms usually have three stages which are Feature Extraction, Feature Reduction and Classification. While the third stage implies a choice of a variety of machine learning methods (Support Vector Machines, Artificial Neural Networks, etc), the first and second stages play a critical role in performance and accuracy of the classification system. In this paper we present initial study of feature extraction and feature reduction in the task of vocal fold pathology diagnosis. A new type of feature vector, based on wavelet packet decomposition and Mel-Frequency-Cepstral-Coefficients (MFCCs), is proposed. Also a new GA-based method for feature reduction stage is proposed and compared with conventional methods such as Principal Component Analysis (PCA). Support vector machine is used as a classifier for evaluating the performance of the proposed method. The results show the priority of the proposed method in comparison with the current methods.

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Vahid Majidnezhad,Igor Kheidorov,"A Hybrid of Genetic Algorithm and Support Vector Machine for Feature Reduction and Detection of Vocal Fold Pathology", IJIGSP, vol.5, no.9, pp.1-7, 2013.DOI: 10.5815/ijigsp.2013.09.01


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