Gun type recognition from gunshot audio recordings

This paper describes an extension of an intelligent acoustic event detection system, which is able to recognize sounds of dangerous events such as breaking glass or gunshot sounds in urban environment from commonly used noise monitoring stations. We propose to extend the system the way that it would not only detect the gunshots, but it would identify a suspects gun/pistol type as well. Such extension could help the investigation process and the suspect identification. The proposed extension provides a new functionality of the gun type recognition (classification) based on audio recordings captured.

This research topic is discussed in other research papers marginally. Different kinds of features were extracted for this challenging task and feature vectors were reduced by using mutual information based feature selection algorithms. The proposed system uses two phase selectionprocess, HMM (Hidden Markov Model) classification and Viterbi based decoding algorithm. The presented approach reached promising results in the experiments (higher than 80% of ACC and TPR).

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