Michele Gubian

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In this work we propose the use of Functional Data Analysis (FDA) as a powerful methodology to tackle problems where multiple continuous speech parameters have to be analyzed jointly. A production study on contrastive focus placement in Neapolitan Italian is used as illustration. Two features are analyzed, viz. f0 and relative speech rate, both expressed as(More)
Creating stimuli for perceptual experiments in intonation research involves manipulation of pitch contours extracted from spoken utterances. Difficulties arise when changes in the contour shape need to be applied globally and smoothly in the whole pitch curve. Moreover, it is hard to relate a gradual modification in some contour trait to its perceptual(More)
In this paper we introduce Functional Data Analysis (FDA) as a tool for analyzing dynamic transitions in speech signals. FDA makes it possible to perform statistical analyses of sets of mathematical functions in the same way as classical multivariate analysis treats scalar measurement data. We illustrate the use of FDA with a reduction phenomenon affecting(More)
Intonational research is often dependent upon hand-labeling by trained listeners, which can be prone to bias or error. We apply tools from Functional Data Analysis (FDA) to a set of fundamental frequency (F0) data to demonstrate how these tools can provide a less theory-dependent way of investigating F0 contours by allowing statistical analyses of whole(More)
—In this paper, we face the problem of designing accurate decision-making modules in measurement systems that need to be implemented on resource-constrained platforms. We propose a methodology based on multiobjective optimization and genetic algorithms (GAs) for the analysis of support vector machine (SVM) solutions in the classification error-complexity(More)
This study investigates the mechanism of tonal contraction when a disyllabic unit is merged into a monosyllable at fast speech rate in Taiwan Mandarin. Various degrees of contraction of bi-tonal sequences were elicited by manipulating speech rates. Functional Data Analysis was performed to compare trajectories of F 0 and velocity in the contracted and(More)
In this study we present a preliminary investigation of the prosodic marking of Verum focus (VF) in Italian, which is said to be realized with a pitch accent on the finite verb (e.g. A: Paul has not eaten the banana-B: (No), Paul HAS eaten the banana!). We tried to discover whether and how Italian speakers prosodically mark VF when producing full-fledged(More)
Retrieving information from the ever-increasing amount of unannotated audio and video recordings requires techniques such as unsupervised pattern discovery or query-by-example. In this paper we focus on queries that are specified in the form of an audio snippet containing the desired word or expression excised from the target recordings. The task is to(More)
Functional Data Analysis (FDA) is used to investigate Tone 3 sandhi in Taiwan Mandarin. Tone 3 sandhi is a tone change phenomenon that arises when two low tones occur in succession resulting in the first tone being realised as a rising tone. Tone dyads T2T3 and T3T3 were compared in terms of their F 0 contours and velocity profiles. No difference was found(More)