Voice Analytics in Business Research: Conceptual Foundations, Acoustic Feature Extraction, and Applications

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Abstract

Recent advances in artificial intelligence and natural language processing are gradually transforming how humans search, shop, and express their preferences. Leveraging the new affordances and modalities of human-machine interaction through voice-controlled interfaces will require a nuanced understanding of the physics and psychology of speech formation as well as the systematic extraction and analysis of vocal features from the human voice. In this paper, we first develop a conceptual framework linking vocal features in the human voice to experiential outcomes and emotional states. We then illustrate the effective processing, editing, analysis, and visualization of voice data based on an Amazon Alexa user interaction, utilizing state-of-the-art signal-processing packages in R. The current research offers novel insight into the ways in which future marketing scholars might employ voice and sound analytics moving forward, including a discussion of the ethical implications of building multi-modal databases for business and society. Finally, we present the MAFiA R package, a novel R package
developed at our lab to automate the voice analytics process, especially suitable for social scientists and experimental researchers.

Authors Busquet I Segui, Francesc; Efthymiou, Fotios; Hildebrand, Christian Alexander; Hampton, William Heyward; Hoffmann, Donna & Novak, Thomas
Language English
Subjects business studies
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Date 16 October 2020
Event Title Swiss Academy of Marketing Science (SAMS) Conference 2020
Event Location Luzern
Event Dates 16th October 2020
Depositing User Francesc Busquet I Segui
Date Deposited 16 Oct 2020 14:01
Last Modified 06 Mar 2021 01:25
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/261226

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Busquet I Segui, Francesc; Efthymiou, Fotios; Hildebrand, Christian Alexander; Hampton, William Heyward; Hoffmann, Donna & Novak, Thomas: Voice Analytics in Business Research: Conceptual Foundations, Acoustic Feature Extraction, and Applications. 2020. - Swiss Academy of Marketing Science (SAMS) Conference 2020. - Luzern.

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