Language-Independent Age Estimation from Speech Using Phonological and Phonemic Features

Conference contribution

Publication Details

Author(s): Haderlein T, Middag C, Hönig F, Martens JP, Döllinger M, Schützenberger A, Nöth E
Publisher: Springer-verlag
Publication year: 2015
Volume: 9302
Pages range: 165-173
ISSN: 0302-9743


Language-independent and alignment-free phonological and phonemic features were applied for automatic age estimation based on voice and speech properties. 110 persons (average: 75.7 years) read the German version of the text "The North Wind and the Sun". For comparison with the automatic approach, five listeners estimated the speakers' age perceptually. Support Vector Regression and feature selection were used to compute the best model of aging. This model was found to use the following features: (a) the percentage of voiced frames, (b) eight phonological features, representing vowel height, nasality in consonants, turbulence, and position of the lips, and finally, (c) seven phonemic features. The latter features might be relevant due to altered articulation because of dentures. The mean absolute error between computed and chronological age was 5.2 years (RMSE: 7.0). It was 7.7 years (RMSE: 9.6) for an optimistic trivial estimator and 10.5 years (RMSE: 11.9) for the average listener.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Döllinger, Michael Prof. Dr.
Professur für Computational Medicine (DFG-Forschungsprofessur)
Haderlein, Tino PD Dr.
Professur für Informatik (Mustererkennung)
Hönig, Florian
Lehrstuhl für Informatik 5 (Mustererkennung)
Nöth, Elmar Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Professur für Informatik (Mustererkennung)

External institutions
Universiteit Gent (UGent) / Ghent University

How to cite

Haderlein, T., Middag, C., Hönig, F., Martens, J.-P., Döllinger, M., Schützenberger, A., & Nöth, E. (2015). Language-Independent Age Estimation from Speech Using Phonological and Phonemic Features. (pp. 165-173). Springer-verlag.

Haderlein, Tino, et al. "Language-Independent Age Estimation from Speech Using Phonological and Phonemic Features." Springer-verlag, 2015. 165-173.


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