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Sound classification in indoor environment thanks to belief functions

Classification de sons en environnement intérieur à l'aide de fonctions de croyance


Sounds provide substantial information on human activities in an indoor environment, such as an apartment or a house, but it is a difficult task to classify them, mainly due to the variability and the diversity of realization of sounds in those environments. In this paper, sounds are considered as a class of information, to be mixed with other modalities (video in particular) in the design of ambient monitoring systems. As a consequence, we propose a classification scheme aimed at (i) exploiting the specificities of this modality with respect to others and (ii) leaving doubtful events for further analysis, so that the risk of errors is overall minimized. A dedicated taxonomy together with belief functions are proposed in this respect. Belief functions are an adapted way to face the variability of sounds, as they are able to quantify their impossibility to classify the signals when it differs too much from what is known by creating class of doubt. The algorithm is tested on a dataset composed of real-life signals.
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hal-01199193 , version 1 (15-09-2015)


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Quentin Labourey, Denis Pellerin, Michèle Rombaut, Olivier Aycard, Catherine Garbay. Sound classification in indoor environment thanks to belief functions. EUSIPCO 2015 - 23th European Signal Processing Conference, Aug 2015, Nice, France. ⟨hal-01199193⟩
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