A temporally piece-wise fisher vector approach for depression analysis

Abhinav Dhall, Roland Goecke

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Depression and other mood disorders are common, disabling disorders with a profound impact on individuals and families. Inspite of its high prevalence, it is easily missed during the early stages. Automatic depression analysis has become a very active field of research in the affective computing community in the past few years. This paper presents a framework for depression analysis based on unimodal visual cues. Temporally piece-wise Fisher Vectors (FV) are computed on temporal segments. As a low-level feature, block-wise Local Binary Pattern-Three Orthogonal Planes descriptors are computed. Statistical aggregation techniques are analysed and compared for creating a discriminative representative for a video sample. The paper explores the strength of FV in representing temporal segments in a spontaneous clinical data. This creates a meaningful representation of the facial dynamics in a temporal segment. The experiments are conducted on the Audio Video Emotion Challenge (AVEC) 2014 German speaking depression database. The superior results of the proposed framework show the effectiveness of the technique as compared to the current state-of-art.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII)
EditorsJonathan Gratch, Björn Schuller
Place of PublicationWashington DC USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781479999538, 9781479999521
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction 2015 - Xi'an, China
Duration: 21 Sep 201524 Sep 2015


ConferenceInternational Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction 2015
Abbreviated titleACII 2015
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  • Depression Analysis
  • Fisher Vector

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