A Novel Decision Tree for Depression Recognition in Speech

22 Feb 2020  ·  Zhenyu Liu, Dongyu Wang, Lan Zhang, Bin Hu ·

Depression is a common mental disorder worldwide which causes a range of serious outcomes. The diagnosis of depression relies on patient-reported scales and psychiatrist interview which may lead to subjective bias. In recent years, more and more researchers are devoted to depression recognition in speech , which may be an effective and objective indicator. This study proposes a new speech segment fusion method based on decision tree to improve the depression recognition accuracy and conducts a validation on a sample of 52 subjects (23 depressed patients and 29 healthy controls). The recognition accuracy are 75.8% and 68.5% for male and female respectively on gender-dependent models. It can be concluded from the data that the proposed decision tree model can improve the depression classification performance.

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