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Re: Recent progress in profile analysis?
Many thanks to all who responded privately to my query
about recent publications on auditory profile analysis!
Below you will find a summary of replies, including the
Heinz and Formby reference that I had given as an example:
H. Gockel and H. Colonius, ``Auditory profile analysis: Is there
perceptual constancy for spectral shape for stimuli roved in
frequency?'' J. Acoust. Soc. Am. (JASA), vol. 102, pp. 2311-2315, 1997.
H. Gockel, ``On possible cues in profile analysis: Identification of
the incremented component,'' J. Acoust. Soc. Am. (JASA), vol. 103, pp.
M. G. Heinz and C. Formby, ``Detection of time- and bandlimited
increments and decrements in a random-level noise,'' J. Acoust. Soc.
Am. (JASA), vol. 106, pp. 313-326, July 1999.
N. I. Hill and P. J. Bailey, ``Profile analysis with an asynchronous
target: Evidence for auditory grouping,'' J. Acoust. Soc. Am. (JASA),
vol. 102, pp. 477-481, 1997.
J. J. Lentz and V. M. Richards, ``Sensitivity to changes in overall level
and spectral shape: An evaluation of a channel model,'' J. Acoust.
Soc. Am. (JASA), vol. 101, pp. 3625-3635, 1997.
J. J. Lentz and V. M. Richards, ``The effects of amplitude perturbation
and increasing numbers of components in profile analysis,'' J. Acoust.
Soc. Am. (JASA), vol. 103, pp. 535-541, 1998.
plus two references for which I have not yet looked up the
Neff and Dethlefs, JASA, vol. 98, pp. 124-134, 1995.
Neff and Jesteadt, JASA, vol. 100, pp. 2289-2298, 1996.
Earlier publications can be traced through these references.
The reason for my continued interest in auditory profile
analysis and auditory grouping/segregation is of course
the unanswered question to what extent visual information
may be presented to blind people via the kind of auditory
display as originally proposed in the IEEE Trans. Biom.
Eng., vol. 39, pp. 112-121, Feb 1992. In other words,
What are the basic perceptual limits and what are the
limits to human auditory pattern recognition and the
human ability to learn and interpret visual information
through a cross-modal image to sound mapping.
Those with a playful mind can try the latest experimental
"Internet sonification browser" extension as described at
and informally try their own auditory profile analysis
capabilities on sounds synthesized from on-line images.
(No screen reader is needed for sighted users.) Clearly,
this line of work is a major gamble, going well beyond
what is solidly established from a scientific viewpoint.
Ideally, I think we can end up with a "meet-in-the-middle"
situation for certain parameterized classes of images that
correspond closely to the spectrographic data sets like
those studied in the above references. Lots of things to
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