A novel dictionary learning approach that utilizes Mel-scale frequency warping in detecting overlapped acoustic events is proposed. The study explored several dictionary learning schemes for improved performance of overlapping acoustic event detection. The structure of NMF for calculating gains of each event was utilized for including in overlapped signal for its low computational load. In this paper, we propose a method of frequency warping for better sound representation, and apply dictionary learning by a holistic-based representation, namely nonnegative K-SVD (NK-SVD) in order to resolve a basis sharing problem raised by part-based representations. By using Mel-scale in a dictionary learning, we show that the information carried by low frequency components more than high frequency components and dealt with a low complexity. Also, the proposed holistic-based representation method avoids the permutation problem between another acoustic events. Based on these benefits, we confirm that the proposed method of Mel-scale with NK-SVD delivered significantly better results than the conventional methods.
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