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Gender & T's
User: chris
Date: 12/3/2007 7:48 am
Views: 2884
Rating: 19

I would like to contribute to this project, however the first question is what gender am I?

Well I am a transsexual and do not ascribe to either, and would still like to help by contributing to the voice sample project but am excluded

How about being inclusive?Smile

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Re: Gender & T's
User: kmaclean
Date: 12/3/2007 10:02 am
Views: 1398
Rating: 23

Hey Chris, 

Interesting question, never really thought about it.

The classification is really to help create acoustic models targeted to people with similar vocal characteristics.  We chose these two broad groupings because they reflect the the fact that men and women have different vocal fold sizes.  From Wikipedia:

The perceived pitch of a person's voice is determined by a number of different factors, not least of which is the fundamental frequency of the sound generated by the larynx. A person's natural fundamental frequency is influenced by many factors, including the length, size, and tension of the vocal folds. In an adult male, this frequency averages about 125 Hz, adult females around 210 Hz, in children the frequency is over 300 Hz.

Please classify yourself wherever your voice might fit into the two broad groupings we have chosen (i.e. male or female), or just leave it blank, and we can try to classify it.

I think the real issue might be whether I should be using the word "gender" or "sex" to distinguish these two groups.  Let me know if I should change this.

thanks for your interest in VoxForge,


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