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Performance analysis of various fundamental frequency estimation algorithms in the context of pathological speech

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Reliable fundamental frequency ( f 0 ) extraction algorithms are crucial in many fields of speech research. The current bulk of studies testing the robustness of different algorithms have focused on healthy speech and/or measurements of sustained vowels. Few studies have tested f 0 estimations in the context of pathological speech, and even fewer on continuous speech. The present study evaluated 12 available pitch detection algorithms on a corpus of read speech by 24 speakers (8 healthy speakers, 8 speakers with Parkinson's disease, and 8 with head and neck cancer). Two fusion methods' algorithms have been tested: one based on the median of algorithms and one based on the fusion between the best algorithm for voicing detection and the algorithm that generates the most accurate f 0 estimations on voiced parts. Our results show that time-domain algorithms, like REAPER, are best for voicing detection while deep neural network algorithms, like FCN- f 0, yield better accuracy for the f 0 values on voiced parts. The combination of REAPER and FCN- f 0 yields the best ratio performance/implementation complexity, since it generates less than 4% errors on voicing detection and less than 5% of gross errors in the estimation of the f 0 values for all speaker groups.
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hal-03879676 , version 1 (30-11-2022)

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Robin Vaysse, Corine Astésano, Jérôme Farinas. Performance analysis of various fundamental frequency estimation algorithms in the context of pathological speech. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 2022, 152 (5), pp.3091-3101. ⟨10.1121/10.0015143⟩. ⟨hal-03879676⟩
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