When most people think of using machine learning (ML) with audio data, the use case that usually comes to mind is transcription, also known as speech-to-text. However, there are other useful applications, including using ML to detect sounds.
Using software to detect a sound is called audio event detection, and it has a number of applications. For example, suppose you want to monitor the sounds from a noisy factory floor, listening for an alarm bell that indicates a problem with a machine. In a healthcare environment, you can use audio event detection to passively listen for sounds from a patient that indicate an acute health problem. Media workloads are a good fit for this technique, for example to detect when a referee’s whistle is blown in a sports video. And of course, you can use this technique in a variety of surveillance workloads, like listening for a gunshot or the

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