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Neural network-based sperm whale click classification
van der Schaar, M.; Delory, E.; Català, A.; André, M. (2007). Neural network-based sperm whale click classification. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. Spec. Issue 87(1): 35-38.
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154, more
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  • van der Schaar, M.
  • Delory, E.
  • Català, A.
  • André, M., more

    Recordings of a group of foraging sperm whales usually result in a mixture of clicks from different animals. To analyse the click sequences of individual whales these clicks need to be separated, and for this an automatic classifier would be preferred. Here we study the use of a radial basis function network to perform the separation. The neural network's ability to discriminate between different whales was tested with six data sets of individually diving males. The data consisted of five shorter click trains and one complete dive which was especially important to evaluate the capacity of the network to generalize. The network was trained with characteristics extracted from the six click series with the help of a wavelet packet-based local discriminant basis. The selected features were separated in a training set containing 50 clicks of each data set and a validation set with the remaining clicks. After the network was trained it could correctly classify around 90% of the short click series, while for the entire dive this percentage was around 78%.

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