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Hidden Markov model speech recognition systems typically use Gaussian mixture models to estimate the distributions of decor-related acoustic feature vectors that correspond to individual sub-word units. By contrast, hybrid connectionist-HMM systems use discriminatively-trained neural networks to estimate the probability distribution among subword units(More)
We evaluate the performance of several feature sets on the AURORA task as defined by ETSI. We show that after a non-linear transformation, a number of features can be effectively used in a HMM-based recognition system. The non-linear transformation is computed using a neural network which is discriminatively trained on the phonetically labeled (forcibly(More)
The mutual information concept is used to study the distribution of speech information in frequency and in time. The main focus is on the information that is relevant for phonetic classiication. A large database of hand-labeled uent s p e e c h is used to (a) compute the mutual information (MI) between a phonetic classiication variable and one spectral(More)
Patient care can be intense and stressful, especially in emergency care situations. Emergency care has two parts, field care by a paramedic and in-hospital care. Paramedics often consult with physicians before the patient reaches the hospital. To do this effectively, they must convey the patient's condition rapidly and effectively. Upon hospital arrival(More)
Alaska Native populations are experiencing a nutrition transition and a resulting decrease in diet quality. The present study aimed to develop a quantitative food frequency questionnaire to assess the diet of the Yup'ik people of Western Alaska. A cross-sectional survey was conducted using 24-hour recalls and the information collected served as a basis for(More)
BACKGROUND Food quality, determined by micronutrient content, is a stronger determinant of nutritional status than food quantity. Health concerns resulting from the co-existence of over-nutrition and under-nutrition in low income populations in South Africa have been fully recognized in the last two decades. This study aimed to further investigate dietary(More)
  • Fariba Kolahdooz, Nonsikelelo Mathe, Lalage A Katunga, Lindsay Beck, Tony Sheehy, Andre Corriveau +1 other
  • 2013
OBJECTIVE The prevalence of smoking in Aboriginal Canadians is higher than non-Aboriginal Canadians, a behavior that also tends to alter dietary patterns. Compared with the general Canadian population, maternal smoking rates are almost twice as high. The aim of this study was to compare dietary adequacy of Inuvialuit women of childbearing age comparing(More)