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Voice Algorithms Spot Parkinson's Disease 42

another random user writes "Mathematician Max Little discovered that Parkinson's symptoms can be detected by computer algorithms that analyze voice recordings. Now he is looking for volunteers to contribute to a vast voice bank to help the database to learn even more. He is aiming to record up to 10,000 voices and has set up local numbers in 10 countries around the world."
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Voice Algorithms Spot Parkinson's Disease

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  • Warbling in the voice? She had dystardia worsening in old age.
    • Alcoholics undergoing withdrawal show the same shakiness as Parkensons victims, I wonder if an alkie going through DTs would show up as Parkinsons with this test?

  • Recording (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 25, 2012 @12:58PM (#40440445)

    "After the tone, please say your full name; your date of birth; your address; and your social security number. And thank you for helping fund Parkinson research. BEEEEP."

    • It's easy to miss the part just before the ". BEEEEP." where they say " inc. A subsidiary of Parkinson Marketing Group", because they sped it up 'til it became a blip of white noise.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 25, 2012 @12:59PM (#40440449)

    When you call to buy insurance

  • Really exciting (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Greenspark ( 2652053 ) on Monday June 25, 2012 @01:16PM (#40440705)
    This is fascinating! I wonder if this will prove to not only identify patients currently expressing symptoms, but have a predictive quality for determining who will suffer from the disease before other tools can detect it. Having an earlier look at patients and charting the developments in their brain would really improve doctors' understanding and probably advance research into treatments quite a bit! if voice can be found to accurately indicate or even predict a disease like parkinsons... what else can it demonstrate? This might be the beginning of a new form of diagnostic sciences.
    • You mean like this?

      Analyzing Speech to Detect Financial Misreporting

      How a person talks can already be used to gauge the amount of respect they have for themselves and one another.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    This is great technology, but it isn't news, no matter what the BBC thinks.

    UC Irvine's machine learning repository has had a set of Parkinson's and non-Parkinson's voice prints [uci.edu] up since 2008. (Astute readers will note that it's based on Max Little's work, as is the BBC article. But it's not news.)

  • How about Hitler? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by T.E.D. ( 34228 ) on Monday June 25, 2012 @01:57PM (#40441325)

    It has been speculated that he suffered from Parkingsons [stackexchange.com]. There's certianly plenty of voice recordings of him, covering many years of activity. This ought to be a great way to test both the software and the theories.

    ps. Sorry for Godwining the story so early

    • by kanto ( 1851816 )

      There's plenty of maniacal shouting to audiences, but afaik only one taping [youtube.com] of him talking in conversational tones (in case that makes a difference here). Guardian has some background on how it was taped [guardian.co.uk]; it was in Finland and the guy who did it was lucky to live after the Germans noticed what had happened.

    • Those recordings lack the fidelity for such analysis.

      • by T.E.D. ( 34228 )
        They are really that much worse than the fidelity you get from an answering machine off of a telephone line?
      • You dont need fidelity for most machine learning problems. Algorithms pick up details that humans consciousness misses.

  • They should contact the FBI and NSA - they have everyone's voice on file already. "Sir, you're under arrest for %OFFENSE%! By the time your trial reaches a conviction you will be in final stages of Parkinson's, my condolences"
  • http://storycorps.org/

  • by Anonymous Coward

    and the voice recording simply said, "or vagina"

  • T-T-T-Today Junior!

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