Classification of Speech with and without Face Mask using Acoustic Features

10/08/2020 ∙ by Rohan Kumar Das, et al. ∙ 0

The understanding and interpretation of speech can be affected by various external factors. The use of face masks is one such factors that can create obstruction to speech while communicating. This may lead to degradation of speech processing and affect humans perceptually. Knowing whether a speaker wears a mask may be useful for modeling speech for different applications. With this motivation, finding whether a speaker wears face mask from a given speech is included as a task in Computational Paralinguistics Evaluation (ComParE) 2020. We study novel acoustic features based on linear filterbanks, instantaneous phase and long-term information that can capture the artifacts for classification of speech with and without face mask. These acoustic features are used along with the state-of-the-art baselines of ComParE functionals, bag-of-audio-words, DeepSpectrum and auDeep features for ComParE 2020. The studies reveal the effectiveness of acoustic features, and their score level fusion with the ComParE 2020 baselines leads to an unweighted average recall of 73.50



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