Sound event detection in real life recordings using coupled matrix factorization of spectral representations and class activity annotations

Mesaros, Annamaria; Heittola, Toni; Dikmen, Onur; Virtanen, Tuomas

Methods for detection of overlapping sound events in audio involve matrix factorization approaches, often assigning separated components to event classes. We present a method that bypasses the supervised construction of class models. The method learns the components as a non-negative dictionary in a coupled matrix factorization problem, where the spectral representation and the class activity annotation of the audio signal share the activation matrix. In testing, the dictionaries are used to estimate directly the class activations. For dealing with large amount of training data, two methods are proposed for reducing the size of the dictionary. The methods were tested on a database of real life recordings, and outperformed previous approaches by over 10%.


coupled non-negative matrix factoriza- tion; non-negative dictionaries; sound event detection

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Book title:
Proceedings of 40th IEEE International Conference on Audio, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP)