Wanting nearer on the non-deep studying components

About half a 12 months in the past, this weblog featured a put up, written by Daniel Falbel, on use Keras to categorise items of spoken language. The article acquired numerous consideration and never surprisingly, questions arose apply that code to totally different datasets. We’ll take this as a motivation to discover in additional depth the preprocessing completed in that put up: If we all know why the enter to the community seems the way in which it seems, we can modify the mannequin specification appropriately if want be.

In case you will have a background in speech recognition, and even normal sign processing, for you the introductory a part of this put up will most likely not include a lot information. Nonetheless, you would possibly nonetheless have an interest within the code half, which exhibits do issues like creating spectrograms with present variations of TensorFlow.
When you don’t have that background, we’re inviting you on a (hopefully) fascinating journey, barely bearing on one of many larger mysteries of this universe.

We’ll use the identical dataset as Daniel did in his put up, that’s, version 1 of the Google speech commands dataset(Warden 2018)
The dataset consists of ~ 65,000 WAV recordsdata, of size one second or much less. Every file is a recording of one among thirty phrases, uttered by totally different audio system.

The objective then is to coach a community to discriminate between spoken phrases. How ought to the enter to the community look? The WAV recordsdata include amplitudes of sound waves over time. Listed below are a couple of examples, similar to the phrases hen, down, sheila, and visible:

A sound wave is a sign extending in time, analogously to how what enters our visible system extends in house.
At every cut-off date, the present sign relies on its previous. The plain structure to make use of in modeling it thus appears to be a recurrent neural community.

Nonetheless, the data contained within the sound wave could be represented in another manner: particularly, utilizing the frequencies that make up the sign.

Right here we see a sound wave (high) and its frequency illustration (backside).

Within the time illustration (known as the time area), the sign consists of consecutive amplitudes over time. Within the frequency area, it’s represented as magnitudes of various frequencies. It could seem as one of many biggest mysteries on this world that you could convert between these two with out lack of data, that’s: Each representations are basically equal!

Conversion from the time area to the frequency area is finished utilizing the Fourier remodel; to transform again, the Inverse Fourier Rework is used. There exist several types of Fourier transforms relying on whether or not time is considered as steady or discrete, and whether or not the sign itself is steady or discrete. Within the “actual world,” the place normally for us, actual means digital as we’re working with digitized alerts, the time area in addition to the sign are represented as discrete and so, the Discrete Fourier Rework (DFT) is used. The DFT itself is computed utilizing the FFT (Quick Fourier Rework) algorithm, leading to vital speedup over a naive implementation.

Wanting again on the above instance sound wave, it’s a compound of 4 sine waves, of frequencies 8Hz, 16Hz, 32Hz, and 64Hz, whose amplitudes are added and displayed over time. The compound wave right here is assumed to increase infinitely in time. Not like speech, which adjustments over time, it may be characterised by a single enumeration of the magnitudes of the frequencies it’s composed of. So right here the spectrogram, the characterization of a sign by magnitudes of constituent frequencies various over time, seems basically one-dimensional.

Nonetheless, once we ask Praat to create a spectrogram of one among our instance sounds (a seven), it might appear to be this:

Right here we see a two-dimensional picture of frequency magnitudes over time (larger magnitudes indicated by darker coloring). This two-dimensional illustration could also be fed to a community, rather than the one-dimensional amplitudes. Accordingly, if we determine to take action we’ll use a convnet as a substitute of an RNN.

Spectrograms will look totally different relying on how we create them. We’ll check out the important choices in a minute. First although, let’s see what we can’t all the time do: ask for all frequencies that had been contained within the analog sign.

Above, we mentioned that each representations, time area and frequency area, had been basically equal. In our digital actual world, that is solely true if the sign we’re working with has been digitized accurately, or as that is generally phrased, if it has been “correctly sampled.”

Take speech for example: As an analog sign, speech per se is steady in time; for us to have the ability to work with it on a pc, it must be transformed to occur in discrete time. This conversion of the impartial variable (time in our case, house in e.g. picture processing) from steady to discrete known as sampling.

On this strategy of discretization, an important choice to be made is the sampling price to make use of. The sampling price must be at the least double the very best frequency within the sign. If it’s not, lack of data will happen. The way in which that is most frequently put is the opposite manner spherical: To protect all data, the analog sign might not include frequencies above one-half the sampling price. This frequency – half the sampling price – known as the Nyquist price.

If the sampling price is simply too low, aliasing takes place: Larger frequencies alias themselves as decrease frequencies. Which means not solely can’t we get them, in addition they corrupt the magnitudes of corresponding decrease frequencies they’re being added to.
Right here’s a schematic instance of how a high-frequency sign might alias itself as being lower-frequency. Think about the high-frequency wave being sampled at integer factors (gray circles) solely:

Within the case of the speech instructions dataset, all sound waves have been sampled at 16 kHz. Which means once we ask Praat for a spectogram, we should always not ask for frequencies larger than 8kHz. Here’s what occurs if we ask for frequencies as much as 16kHz as a substitute – we simply don’t get them:

Now let’s see what choices we do have when creating spectrograms.

Within the above easy sine wave instance, the sign stayed fixed over time. Nonetheless in speech utterances, the magnitudes of constituent frequencies change over time. Ideally thus, we’d have an actual frequency illustration for each cut-off date. As an approximation to this perfect, the sign is split into overlapping home windows, and the Fourier remodel is computed for every time slice individually. That is referred to as the Brief Time Fourier Rework (STFT).

Once we compute the spectrogram by way of the STFT, we have to inform it what measurement home windows to make use of, and the way huge to make the overlap. The longer the home windows we use, the higher the decision we get within the frequency area. Nonetheless, what we acquire in decision there, we lose within the time area, as we’ll have fewer home windows representing the sign. This can be a normal precept in sign processing: Decision within the time and frequency domains are inversely associated.

To make this extra concrete, let’s once more have a look at a easy instance. Right here is the spectrogram of an artificial sine wave, composed of two parts at 1000 Hz and 1200 Hz. The window size was left at its (Praat) default, 5 milliseconds:

We see that with a brief window like that, the 2 totally different frequencies are mangled into one within the spectrogram.
Now enlarge the window to 30 milliseconds, and they’re clearly differentiated:

The above spectrogram of the phrase “seven” was produced utilizing Praats default of 5 milliseconds. What occurs if we use 30 milliseconds as a substitute?

We get higher frequency decision, however on the value of decrease decision within the time area. The window size used throughout preprocessing is a parameter we’d wish to experiment with later, when coaching a community.

One other enter to the STFT to play with is the kind of window used to weight the samples in a time slice. Right here once more are three spectrograms of the above recording of seven, utilizing, respectively, a Hamming, a Hann, and a Gaussian window:

Whereas the spectrograms utilizing the Hann and Gaussian home windows don’t look a lot totally different, the Hamming window appears to have launched some artifacts.

Preprocessing choices don’t finish with the spectrogram. A well-liked transformation utilized to the spectrogram is conversion to mel scale, a scale primarily based on how people truly understand variations in pitch. We don’t elaborate additional on this right here, however we do briefly touch upon the respective TensorFlow code beneath, in case you’d prefer to experiment with this.
Previously, coefficients reworked to Mel scale have generally been additional processed to acquire the so-called Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCCs). Once more, we simply present the code. For glorious studying on Mel scale conversion and MFCCs (together with the rationale why MFCCs are much less typically used these days) see this post by Haytham Fayek.

Again to our authentic activity of speech classification. Now that we’ve gained a little bit of perception in what’s concerned, let’s see carry out these transformations in TensorFlow.

Code shall be represented in snippets in accordance with the performance it offers, so we might immediately map it to what was defined conceptually above.
A whole instance is offered here. The whole instance builds on Daniel’s original code as a lot as attainable, with two exceptions:

  • The code runs in keen in addition to in static graph mode. When you determine you solely ever want keen mode, there are a couple of locations that may be simplified. That is partly associated to the truth that in keen mode, TensorFlow operations rather than tensors return values, which we are able to immediately go on to TensorFlow capabilities anticipating values, not tensors. As well as, much less conversion code is required when manipulating intermediate values in R.

  • With TensorFlow 1.13 being launched any day, and preparations for TF 2.0 operating at full pace, we would like the code to necessitate as few modifications as attainable to run on the subsequent main model of TF. One huge distinction is that there’ll not be a contrib module. Within the authentic put up, contrib was used to learn within the .wav recordsdata in addition to compute the spectrograms. Right here, we’ll use performance from tf.audio and tf.sign as a substitute.

All operations proven beneath will run inside tf.dataset code, which on the R aspect is completed utilizing the tfdatasets bundle.
To elucidate the person operations, we have a look at a single file, however later we’ll additionally show the information generator as a complete.

For stepping by way of particular person traces, it’s all the time useful to have keen mode enabled, independently of whether or not finally we’ll execute in keen or graph mode:

We choose a random .wav file and decode it utilizing tf$audio$decode_wav.It will give us entry to 2 tensors: the samples themselves, and the sampling price.

fname <- "knowledge/speech_commands_v0.01/hen/00b01445_nohash_0.wav"
wav <- tf$audio$decode_wav(tf$read_file(fname))

wav$sample_rate incorporates the sampling price. As anticipated, it’s 16000, or 16kHz:

sampling_rate <- wav$sample_rate %>% as.numeric()

The samples themselves are accessible as wav$audio, however their form is (16000, 1), so we now have to transpose the tensor to get the same old (batch_size, variety of samples) format we’d like for additional processing.

samples <- wav$audio
samples <- samples %>% tf$transpose(perm = c(1L, 0L))
[[-0.00750732  0.04653931  0.02041626 ... -0.01004028 -0.01300049
  -0.00250244]], form=(1, 16000), dtype=float32)

Computing the spectogram

To compute the spectrogram, we use tf$sign$stft (the place stft stands for Brief Time Fourier Rework). stft expects three non-default arguments: Moreover the enter sign itself, there are the window measurement, frame_length, and the stride to make use of when figuring out the overlapping home windows, frame_step. Each are expressed in models of variety of samples. So if we determine on a window size of 30 milliseconds and a stride of 10 milliseconds …

window_size_ms <- 30
window_stride_ms <- 10

… we arrive on the following name:

samples_per_window <- sampling_rate * window_size_ms/1000 
stride_samples <-  sampling_rate * window_stride_ms/1000 

stft_out <- tf$sign$stft(
  frame_length = as.integer(samples_per_window),
  frame_step = as.integer(stride_samples)

Inspecting the tensor we acquired again, stft_out, we see, for our single enter wave, a matrix of 98 x 257 complicated values:

[[[ 1.03279948e-04+0.00000000e+00j -1.95371482e-04-6.41121820e-04j
   -1.60833192e-03+4.97534114e-04j ... -3.61620914e-05-1.07343149e-04j
   -2.82576875e-05-5.88812982e-05j  2.66879797e-05+0.00000000e+00j] 
form=(1, 98, 257), dtype=complex64)

Right here 98 is the variety of durations, which we are able to compute upfront, primarily based on the variety of samples in a window and the scale of the stride:

n_periods <- length(seq(samples_per_window/2, sampling_rate - samples_per_window/2, stride_samples))

257 is the variety of frequencies we obtained magnitudes for. By default, stft will apply a Quick Fourier Rework of measurement smallest energy of two larger or equal to the variety of samples in a window, after which return the fft_length / 2 + 1 distinctive parts of the FFT: the zero-frequency time period and the positive-frequency phrases.

In our case, the variety of samples in a window is 480. The closest enclosing energy of two being 512, we find yourself with 512/2 + 1 = 257 coefficients.
This too we are able to compute upfront:

Again to the output of the STFT. Taking the elementwise magnitude of the complicated values, we get hold of an vitality spectrogram:

magnitude_spectrograms <- tf$abs(stft_out)

If we cease preprocessing right here, we’ll normally wish to log remodel the values to raised match the sensitivity of the human auditory system:

log_magnitude_spectrograms = tf$log(magnitude_spectrograms + 1e-6)

Mel spectrograms and Mel-Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCCs)

If as a substitute we select to make use of Mel spectrograms, we are able to get hold of a metamorphosis matrix that may convert the unique spectrograms to Mel scale:

lower_edge_hertz <- 0
upper_edge_hertz <- 2595 * log10(1 + (sampling_rate/2)/700)
num_mel_bins <- 64L
num_spectrogram_bins <- magnitude_spectrograms$form[-1]$worth

linear_to_mel_weight_matrix <- tf$sign$linear_to_mel_weight_matrix(

Making use of that matrix, we get hold of a tensor of measurement (batch_size, variety of durations, variety of Mel coefficients) which once more, we are able to log-compress if we would like:

mel_spectrograms <- tf$tensordot(magnitude_spectrograms, linear_to_mel_weight_matrix, 1L)
log_mel_spectrograms <- tf$log(mel_spectrograms + 1e-6)

Only for completeness’ sake, lastly we present the TensorFlow code used to additional compute MFCCs. We don’t embody this within the full instance as with MFCCs, we would want a unique community structure.

num_mfccs <- 13
mfccs <- tf$sign$mfccs_from_log_mel_spectrograms(log_mel_spectrograms)[, , 1:num_mfccs]

Accommodating different-length inputs

In our full instance, we decide the sampling price from the primary file learn, thus assuming all recordings have been sampled on the identical price. We do permit for various lengths although. For instance in our dataset, had we used this file, simply 0.65 seconds lengthy, for demonstration functions:

fname <- "knowledge/speech_commands_v0.01/hen/1746d7b6_nohash_0.wav"

we’d have ended up with simply 63 durations within the spectrogram. As we now have to outline a set input_size for the primary conv layer, we have to pad the corresponding dimension to the utmost attainable size, which is n_periods computed above.
The padding truly takes place as a part of dataset definition. Let’s rapidly see dataset definition as a complete, leaving out the attainable technology of Mel spectrograms.

data_generator <- operate(df,
                           window_stride_ms) {
  # assume sampling price is identical in all samples
  sampling_rate <-
    tf$audio$decode_wav(tf$read_file(tf$reshape(df$fname[[1]], list()))) %>% .$sample_rate
  samples_per_window <- (sampling_rate * window_size_ms) %/% 1000L  
  stride_samples <-  (sampling_rate * window_stride_ms) %/% 1000L   
  n_periods <-
        samples_per_window %/% 2L,
        16000L - samples_per_window %/% 2L,
    )[1] + 1L
  n_fft_coefs <-
    (2 ^ tf$ceil(tf$log(
      tf$forged(samples_per_window, tf$float32)
    ) / tf$log(2)) /
      2 + 1L) %>% tf$forged(tf$int32)
  ds <- tensor_slices_dataset(df) %>%
    dataset_shuffle(buffer_size = buffer_size)
  ds <- ds %>%
    dataset_map(operate(obs) {
      wav <-
        tf$audio$decode_wav(tf$read_file(tf$reshape(obs$fname, list())))
      samples <- wav$audio
      samples <- samples %>% tf$transpose(perm = c(1L, 0L))
      stft_out <- tf$sign$stft(samples,
                                 frame_length = samples_per_window,
                                 frame_step = stride_samples)
      magnitude_spectrograms <- tf$abs(stft_out)
      log_magnitude_spectrograms <- tf$log(magnitude_spectrograms + 1e-6)
      response <- tf$one_hot(obs$class_id, 30L)

      enter <- tf$transpose(log_magnitude_spectrograms, perm = c(1L, 2L, 0L))
      list(enter, response)
  ds <- ds %>%
  ds %>%
      batch_size = batch_size,
      padded_shapes = list(tf$stack(list(
        n_periods, n_fft_coefs,-1L
      tf$fixed(-1L, form = form(1L))),
      drop_remainder = TRUE

The logic is identical as described above, solely the code has been generalized to work in keen in addition to graph mode. The padding is taken care of by dataset_padded_batch(), which must be instructed the utmost variety of durations and the utmost variety of coefficients.

Time for experimentation

Constructing on the complete example, now could be the time for experimentation: How do totally different window sizes have an effect on classification accuracy? Does transformation to the mel scale yield improved outcomes? You may additionally wish to attempt passing a non-default window_fn to stft (the default being the Hann window) and see how that impacts the outcomes. And naturally, the easy definition of the community leaves numerous room for enchancment.

Talking of the community: Now that we’ve gained extra perception into what’s contained in a spectrogram, we’d begin asking, is a convnet actually an ample answer right here? Usually we use convnets on pictures: two-dimensional knowledge the place each dimensions characterize the identical form of data. Thus with pictures, it’s pure to have sq. filter kernels.
In a spectrogram although, the time axis and the frequency axis characterize essentially several types of data, and it isn’t clear in any respect that we should always deal with them equally. Additionally, whereas in pictures, the interpretation invariance of convnets is a desired function, this isn’t the case for the frequency axis in a spectrogram.

Closing the circle, we uncover that as a consequence of deeper data in regards to the topic area, we’re in a greater place to cause about (hopefully) profitable community architectures. We go away it to the creativity of our readers to proceed the search…

Warden, P. 2018. Speech Instructions: A Dataset for Restricted-Vocabulary Speech Recognition.” ArXiv e-Prints, April. https://arxiv.org/abs/1804.03209.

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