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Multi-timescale Wavelet Scattering with Genetic Algorithm Feature Selection for Acoustic Scene Classification

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Xing Kek, Professor Cheng Chin



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In this paper, we apply a genetic algorithm (GA) for feature selection, wrapper approach, on wavelet scattering (WS) second-order coefficients to reduce the large frequency dimension (>500). The evaluation demonstrates the capability of GA to reduce the dimension space by approximately 30% while ensuring a minimum performance drop. Furthermore, the reduced WS directly impacts the training time of the convolutional neural network, by reducing the computational time by 20% to 32%. The paper extends its scopes to explore GA for feature selection on multiple timescales of WS: 46ms, 92ms, 185ms, and 371ms. Incorporating multiple timescales has improved classification performance (by ~around 2.5%) as an acoustic representation usually contains information at different time scales. However, it can increase computational cost due to the larger frequency dimension of 1851. With the application of GA for feature selection, the frequency dimension is reduced by 50%, saving around 40% computational time, thus increasing the classification performance by 3% compared to a vanilla WS. Lastly, the entire implementations are evaluated using the Detection and Classification of Acoustic Scenes and Events (DCASE) 2020 dataset, and the proposed multiple timescales model achieves 73.32% of classification accuracy.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Kek XY, Chin CS, Li Y

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: IEEE Access

Year: 2022

Volume: 10

Pages: 25987-26001

Online publication date: 03/03/2022

Acceptance date: 28/02/2022

Date deposited: 23/02/2024

ISSN (electronic): 2169-3536

Publisher: IEEE


DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2022.3156569


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