A Machine Learning System for the Diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease from Speech Signals and Its Application to Multiple Speech Signal Types

CANTÜRK İ., Karabiber F.

ARABIAN JOURNAL FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, vol.41, no.12, pp.5049-5059, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s13369-016-2206-3
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.5049-5059
  • Keywords: Decision support systems, Machine learning systems, Parkinson's disease, Speech signals, Phonations, ALGORITHMS, QUANTIFICATION, CLASSIFICATION, SELECTION, SEVERITY, ENSEMBLE
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that negatively affects millions of people. PD is usually diagnosed by a series of empirical tests and sometimes by invasive methods. Classifying People with Parkinsonism (PWP) from healthy people using speech signals may lead to innovative, noninvasive PD diagnosis. In this study, we developed a machine learning system to classify PWP using their speech signals. In the system, four feature selection algorithms, six classifiers, and two validation methods were employed for accurate classification of PWP. The system calculated the accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, and Matthews correlation coefficient of the results. Additionally, the execution times of the algorithms were computed. All utilized algorithms, classifiers, validation methods, and evaluation metrics are briefly reviewed in the article. The main innovative part of this study is developing a comprehensive machine learning system for classifying PWP and testing it on a PD dataset, which consisted of multiple types of speech signals. Applying feature selection methods greatly increased the accuracy of classification. The most significant and discriminative features of speech signals were obtained and explained with a medical background. The importance of the selected features is also evaluated from the medical perspective.