This paper builds on previous work in which a feature selection method based on Genetic Programming (GP) was applied to a database containing a very large set of features that were extracted from the speech of clinically depressed patients and control subjects, with the goal of finding a small set of highly discriminating features. Here, we report improved results that were obtained by applying a technique that constructs clusters of correlated features and a Genetic Algorithm (GA) search that seeks to find the set of clusters that maximizes classification accuracy. While the final feature sets are considerably larger than those previously obtained using the GP approach, the classification performance is much improved in terms of both sensitivity and specificity. The introduction of a modified fitness function that slightly favors smaller feature sets resulted in further reduction of the feature set size without any loss in classification performance.
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- Application of a GA/Bayesian Filter-Wrapper Feature Selection Method to Classification of Clinical Depression from Speech Data
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