Feature Extraction of Facial Electromyograph (EMG) Signal for Aceh Languages Speech using Discrete Wavelet Transform (DWT)

  • Darma Setiawan Putra Politeknik Aceh Selatan
  • Yuril Umbu WW Politeknik Aceh Selatan
Keywords: Facial electromyograph, FEMG, Speech recognition, Discrete wavelet transform, Feature extraction


The facial electromyograph (FEMG) signal is a signal that occurs in the muscles of the contracted human face. This FEMG signal is one of the techniques used to study human speech recognition. It can be acquired by placing an electrode surface on the skin around the facial articulation muscle. Three types of muscles in this study are the masseter, risorius and depressor muscle. This study aims to extract and analyze the features in the FEMG signal. The extraction method is the discrete wavelet transform (DWT). The type of wavelet transform is Daubechies2 with level 5. After extraction and analysis of FEMG signals, the FEMG signal pattern for each spoken word indicated by differences in the approximation and detail coefficient of the FEMG signal. In addition, the level of difference in the FEMG signal pattern is also indicated by the histogram of the approximation coefficient of the FEMG signal. Thus, the discrete wavelet transform method can be used as one of the methods for extracting the FEMG signal feature in a human facial electromyograph (FEMG) signal.


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How to Cite
D. S. Putra and Y. U. WW, “Feature Extraction of Facial Electromyograph (EMG) Signal for Aceh Languages Speech using Discrete Wavelet Transform (DWT)”, JI, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 31-40, Jul. 2019.

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