Cross-Cultural Depression Recognition from Vocal Biomarkers

Sharifa Alghowinem, Roland GOECKE, Julien Epps, Michael WAGNER, Jeffrey Cohn

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No studies have investigated cross-cultural and cross-language characteristics of depressed speech. We investigated the generalisability of a vocal biomarker-based approach to depression detection in clinical interviews recorded in three countries (Australia, the USA and Germany), two languages (German and English) and different accents (Australian and American). Several approaches to training and testing within and between datasets were evaluated. Using the same experimental protocol separately within each dataset, (cross-classification) accuracy was high. Combining datasets, high accuracy was high again and consistent across language, recording environment, and culture. Training and testing between datasets, however, attenuated accuracy. These finding emphasize the importance of heterogeneous training sets for robust depression detection.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Interspeech 2016
EditorsNelson Morgan
Place of PublicationSan Francisco
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781510833135
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventInterspeech 2016 - San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
Duration: 8 Sept 201612 Sept 2016 (Conference website)

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association, INTERSPEECH
ISSN (Print)2308-457X


ConferenceInterspeech 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
OtherInterspeech 2016 will be organized around the topic: Understanding Speech Processing in Humans and Machines. The event will be held in the Hyatt Regency San Francisco hotel in the beautiful San Francisco, California. Interspeech 2016 emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach covering all aspects of speech science and technology spanning basic theories to applications. In addition to regular oral and poster sessions, the conference will also feature plenary talks by internationally renowned experts, tutorials, special sessions, show & tell sessions, and exhibits. A number of satellite events will take place immediately before and after the conference
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