Optimizing Speech Emotion Recognition using Manta-Ray Based Feature Selection

09/18/2020 ∙ by Soham Chattopadhyay, et al. ∙ 0

Emotion recognition from audio signals has been regarded as a challenging task in signal processing as it can be considered as a collection of static and dynamic classification tasks. Recognition of emotions from speech data has been heavily relied upon end-to-end feature extraction and classification using machine learning models, though the absence of feature selection and optimization have restrained the performance of these methods. Recent studies have shown that Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCC) have been emerged as one of the most relied feature extraction methods, though it circumscribes the accuracy of classification with a very small feature dimension. In this paper, we propose that the concatenation of features, extracted by using different existing feature extraction methods can not only boost the classification accuracy but also expands the possibility of efficient feature selection. We have used Linear Predictive Coding (LPC) apart from the MFCC feature extraction method, before feature merging. Besides, we have performed a novel application of Manta Ray optimization in speech emotion recognition tasks that resulted in a state-of-the-art result in this field. We have evaluated the performance of our model using SAVEE and Emo-DB, two publicly available datasets. Our proposed method outperformed all the existing methods in speech emotion analysis and resulted in a decent result in these two datasets with a classification accuracy of 97.06



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