Combining visual and acoustic features for audio classification tasks


In this paper a novel and effective approach for automated audio classification is presented that is based on the fusion of different sets of features, both visual and acoustic. A number of different acoustic and visual features of sounds are evaluated and compared. These features are then fused in an ensemble that produces better classification accuracy than other state-of-the-art approaches. The visual features of sounds are built starting from the audio file and are taken from images constructed from different spectrograms, a gammatonegram,and a rhythm image. These images are divided into subwindows from which a set of texture descriptors are extracted. For each feature descriptor a different Support Vector Machine (SVM) is trained. The SVMs outputs are summed for a final decision. The proposed ensemble is evaluated on three well-known databases of music genre classification (the Latin Music Database, the ISMIR 2004 database, and the GTZAN genre collection), a dataset of Bird vocalization aiming specie recognition, and a dataset of right whale calls aiming whale detection. The MATLAB code for the ensemble of classifiers and for the extraction of the features will be publicly available ( Recognition and Ensemble Classifiers).

Keywords Audio classification, texture, image processing, acoustic features, ensemble of classifiers, pattern recognition

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