Re: formant filtering (Eckard Blumschein )

Subject: Re: formant filtering
From:    Eckard Blumschein  <Eckard.Blumschein(at)E-TECHNIK.UNI-MAGDEBURG.DE>
Date:    Thu, 27 Feb 2003 12:18:49 +0100

Laszlo, I referred to the level of auditory nerve were even a pure tone is transmitted over a certain tonotopic range corresponding to nearly one millimeter of cochlear parition. Otherwise we would hear a pure tone less loud or not at all. Yes, the width of that "frequency band" (being a unisono standing traveling wave) is not necessarily identical with the width of a formant. Even if the latter is difficult to define, I don't exclude improvement of intelligibility by means of restriction to the bandwidth down to its physiologically relevant minimum. However, I suspect a weak point of psychophysics is its hidden preference for expected agreement with established theories. I vaguely recall several cases of astonishment about missing effects of spectral fine-structure. Perhaps, not a single one was published, of course. Psychophysics also tends to suffer from lacking options for direct measurement. What about revisiting the (auto-) correlation idea, I am aware of findings by Christian Kaernbach and Laurel Demany to be agreed with it. Also, neither the first (cochlear) spectral analysis nor the putative second (neural) one is a mathematically ideal one, because of CB, refractory time, and other peculiartities. Nonetheless I hope Roy Patterson's intention has been met. He wrote in 1998: For years, it has been common to hear psychoacousticans and Physiologists argue about the sorts of model.... The psychoacousticans ... have been happy to use models in which squaring and autocorrelation are applied directly to stimulus waves. To physiologists is this an anathema.....Their models, however, are usually restricted to the cochlea or a single nerve cell in the brain stem.... Eckard =?X-UNKNOWN?Q?T=F3th_L=E1szl=F3?= wrote: > Eckard Blumschein wrote: > >> please don't take it amiss if I admit my guess: A narrower bandwidth at the >> level of auditory nerve would not improve but on the contrary degradate >> accuracy of hearing in general. > >Then, psychoacoustic experiments that find that narrower formant bandwidth >improves intelligibility could help you revisit your theory. >I think this has already been shown many times, and our colleagues >(probably Mr. Sivaprasad himself?) could give us some references on >this. > > Laszlo Toth > Hungarian Academy of Sciences * > Research Group on Artificial Intelligence * "Failure only begins > e-mail: tothl(at) * when you stop trying" > * >

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