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Avian Classifier Applying Shazam-Like Fingerprinting to Features Designed for Large Sample Space Variance
by Amberden, Ariel E. A., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 131; 10263670
Abstract (Summary)

Machine learning is advancing classifiers by differentiating complex sample spaces using significant stores of collected data. Classifying bird species by vocalization is an active area of research with ecological applications. Increasingly accurate identification of bird species can improve crowd-sourced data for ornithology research. Current technology achieves maximum 85.4% AUC for 88 classifications.

The avian classifier acquires data through automated gathering of Creative Commons licensed bird vocalization records. Training sets select highly rated recordings with few background species and each recording undergoes band pass and median threshold filters. Audio fingerprints are created through fast combinatorial hashing of relative positions of spectrogram peaks trading FFT window size and hashing tolerance. Captured hashes serve as truth data in the template matching artificial intelligence model. New recordings undergo the same filtering and fingerprinting prior to matching and scoring for classification. Small tests of 8 recordings of 4 species indicate distinct differences and 75% accurate classification by large margins in the scoring histograms. Large scale tests perform at 50% due to similarities of calls between species, inclusion of a significant number of noise points in the training data, and recordings chosen to exhibit the technique’s weaknesses including recording of a single note, high noise recordings, and cross species similar vocalizations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hoffman, Michael
Commitee: Aliasgari, Mehrdad, Penzenstadler, Birgit
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Computer Engineering and Computer Science
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Computer science
Keywords: Avian, Birdcall, Classifier, Fingerprinting, Shazam, Templating
Publication Number: 10263670
ISBN: 978-1-369-80509-3
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