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Abstract or Description

In this paper we present a novel scheme for unstructured audio scene classification that possesses three highly desirable and powerful features: autonomy, scalability, and robustness. Our scheme is based on our recently introduced machine learning algorithm called Simultaneous Temporal And Contextual Splitting (STACS) that discovers the appropriate number of states and efficiently learns accurate Hidden Markov Model (HMM) parameters for the given data. STACS-based algorithms train HMMs up to five times faster than Baum-Welch, avoid the overfitting problem commonly encountered in learning large state-space HMMs using Expectation Maximization (EM) methods such as Baum-Welch, and achieve superior classification results on a very diverse dataset with minimal pre-processing. Furthermore, our scheme has proven to be highly effective for building real-world applications and has been integrated into a commercial surveillance system as an event detection component.





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Proceedings of 35th Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 2154-2157.