In this paper, feature extraction methods are developed based on the non-negative matrix factorization (NMF) algorithm to be applied in weakly supervised sound event detection. Recently, the development of various features and systems have been attempted to tackle the problems of acoustic scene classification and sound event detection. However, most of these systems use data-independent spectral features, e.g., Mel-spectrogram, log-Mel-spectrum, and gammatone filterbank. Some data-dependent feature extraction methods, including the NMF-based methods, recently demonstrated the potential to tackle the problems mentioned above for long-term acoustic signals. In this paper, we further develop the recently proposed NMF-based feature extraction method to enable its application in weakly supervised sound event detection. To achieve this goal, we develop a strategy for training the frequency basis matrix using a heterogeneous database consisting of strongly- and weakly-labeled data. Moreover, we develop a non-iterative version of the NMF-based feature extraction method so that the proposed feature extraction method can be applied as a part of the model structure similar to the modern “on-the-fly” transform method for the Mel-spectrogram. To detect the sound events, the temporal basis is calculated using the NMF method and then used as a feature for the mean-teacher-model-based classifier. The results are improved for the event-wise post-processing method. To evaluate the proposed system, simulations of the weakly supervised sound event detection were conducted using the Detection and Classification of Acoustic Scenes and Events
2020 Task 4 database. The results reveal that the proposed system has F1-score performance comparable with the Mel-spectrogram and gammatonegram and exhibits 3–5% better performance than the log-Mel-spectrum and constant-Q transform.
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