Demographic Recommendation by means of Group Profile Elicitation Using Speaker Age and Gender Recognition

Sven Ewan Shepstone, Zheng-Hua Tan, Søren Holdt Jensen

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Abstract

In this paper we show a new method of using automatic age
and gender recognition to recommend a sequence of multimedia items to a home TV audience comprising multiple viewers.
Instead of relying on explicitly provided demographic data for
each user, we define an audio-based demographic group profile
that captures the age and gender for all members of the audience. A 7-class age and gender classifier employing a fusion
of acoustic and prosodic features determines the probability of
each speaker belonging to each class. The information for all
speakers is then combined to form the group profile, which itself is the input to a recommender system. The recommender
system finds the content items whose demographics best match
the group profile. We tested the effectiveness of the system for
several typical home audience configurations. In a survey, users
were given a configuration and asked to rate a set of advertisements on how well each advertisement matched the configuration. Unbeknown to the subjects, half of the adverts were recommended using the derived audio demographics and the other
half were randomly chosen. The recommended adverts received
a significantly higher median rating of 7.75, as opposed to 4.25
for the randomly selected adverts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication14th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (INTERSPEECH 2013) : Speech in Life Sciences and Human Societies
EditorsF. Bimbot, C. Cerisara, G. Gravier, L. Lamel, F. Pellegrino, P. Perrier
Number of pages5
Volume1
PublisherCurran Associates, Inc
Publication date2013
Pages2827-2831
ISBN (Print)978-1-62993-443-3
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInterspeech 2013 - Lyon, France
Duration: 25 Aug 201329 Aug 2013
http://www.interspeech2013.org/

Conference

ConferenceInterspeech 2013
CountryFrance
CityLyon
Period25/08/201329/08/2013
Internet address
SeriesProceedings of the International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
ISSN2308-457x

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Shepstone, S. E., Tan, Z-H., & Jensen, S. H. (2013). Demographic Recommendation by means of Group Profile Elicitation Using Speaker Age and Gender Recognition. In F. Bimbot, C. Cerisara, G. Gravier, L. Lamel, F. Pellegrino, & P. Perrier (Eds.), 14th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (INTERSPEECH 2013): Speech in Life Sciences and Human Societies (Vol. 1, pp. 2827-2831). Curran Associates, Inc. Proceedings of the International Conference on Spoken Language Processing