Unsupervised feature learning for urban sound classification

Justin Salamon, Juan Pablo Bello

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Abstract

Recent studies have demonstrated the potential of unsupervised feature learning for sound classification. In this paper we further explore the application of the spherical k-means algorithm for feature learning from audio signals, here in the domain of urban sound classification. Spherical k-means is a relatively simple technique that has recently been shown to be competitive with other more complex and time consuming approaches. We study how different parts of the processing pipeline influence performance, taking into account the specificities of the urban sonic environment. We evaluate our approach on the largest public dataset of urban sound sources available for research, and compare it to a baseline system based on MFCCs. We show that feature learning can outperform the baseline approach by configuring it to capture the temporal dynamics of urban sources. The results are complemented with error analysis and some proposals for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2015 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages171-175
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781467369978
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 4 2015
Event40th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2015 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: Apr 19 2014Apr 24 2014

Publication series

NameICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
Volume2015-August
ISSN (Print)1520-6149

Other

Other40th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2015
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane
Period4/19/144/24/14

Keywords

  • Unsupervised learning
  • machine learning
  • sound classification
  • spherical k-means
  • urban

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Salamon, J., & Bello, J. P. (2015). Unsupervised feature learning for urban sound classification. In 2015 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2015 - Proceedings (pp. 171-175). [7177954] (ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings; Vol. 2015-August). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICASSP.2015.7177954