Harmonic to noise ratio measurement - selection of window and length Conference Paper uri icon


  • Harmonic to Noise Ratio (HNR) measures the ratio between periodic and non-periodic components of a speech sound. It has become more and more important in the vocal acoustic analysis to diagnose pathologic voices. The measure of this parameter can be done with Praat software that is commonly accept by the scientific community has an accurate measure. Anyhow, this measure is dependent with the type of window used and its length. In this paper an analysis of the influence of the window and its length was made. The Hanning, Hamming and Blackman windows and the lengths between 6 and 24 glottal periods were experimented. Speech files of control subjects and pathologic subjects were used. The results showed that the Hanning window with the length of 12 glottal periods gives measures of HNR more close to the Praat measures.

publication date

  • January 1, 2018