About The Book

MATLAB® Primer for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology provides training and access to MATLAB®, the computational language developed by MathWorks®. While there are MATLAB® textbooks and manuals written for the field of engineering, there are no textbooks targeting allied heath disciplines, particularly speech-language pathology and audiology. Research and practice in this field can greatly benefit from quantification and automation in data management, a domain that is increasingly labor-intensive. The text anticipates and promotes increased reliance on quantification and automation in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology.

This book is intended for students, practitioners, and researchers in speech-language pathology and audiology who wish to increase their productivity by incorporating and automating common research procedures and data-analysis calculations, or who wish to develop new tools and methods for their own paradigms and data processing. It assumes no prior knowledge of programming, but requires the reader to have a grasp of basic computer skills, such as managing folders, moving files, and navigating file paths and folder structures. Content and style are chosen so as to lower the threshold for an audience who has limited training in computer science. Concepts are presented in a personalized writing style (almost a dialogue with the reader), along with a didactic format similar to programmed instruction, using applications and work assignments that are concrete and manageable.

Key Features

  • A comprehensive introduction for the user in an effort to limit background knowledge needed to understand the content
  • Several mathematical review appendices
  • Exercises for the student to apply skills learned in laboratory and clinical applications
  • Many examples of MATLAB® code and data sets (included on a PluralPlus companion website)

About The Authors

Frank R. Boutsen, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor in speech-language pathology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is the director of the Motor Speech and Prosody Research Laboratory. He holds a master’s degree in psychology and a doctorate in speech pathology. He was a post-doctoral fellow in medical speech pathology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. He has published numerous papers on neurogenic speech disorders and prosody.

Justin D. Dvorak, MS, is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He also serves as a research consultant at the Motor Speech and Prosody Research Laboratory. He has presented at both the national and international levels on the computer automation of experimental paradigms and quantitative techniques for natural language and biosignal processing. His research interests include signal statistics and speech analysis.

Table Of Contents

Foreword by Brad H. Story

Chapter 1. Introduction to Programming With MATLAB®

Chapter 2. Basic Operations for Sampling and Wave Data

Chapter 3. Interfacing With Software

Chapter 4. Applications of MATLAB® in Clinical and Research Settings

Chapter 5. Clinic Data Management and Analysis

Appendix A. Review of Trigonometry
Appendix B. Review of Complex Numbers
Appendix C. Review of Matrices
Appendix D. Source Code for an Interactive Spectral-Analysis GUI



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