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Scalable Source Localization with Multichannel Alpha-Stable Distributions

Abstract : In this paper, we focus on the problem of sound source localization and we propose a technique that exploits the known and arbitrary geometry of the microphone array. While most probabilistic techniques presented in the past rely on Gaussian models, we go further in this direction and detail a method for source localization that is based on the recently proposed alpha-stable harmonizable processes. They include Cauchy and Gaussian as special cases and their remarkable feature is to allow a simple modeling of impulsive and real world sounds with few parameters. The approach we present builds on the classical convolutive mixing model and has the particularities of requiring going through the data only once, to also work in the underdetermined case of more sources than microphones and to allow massively parallelizable implementations operating in the time-frequency domain. We show that the method yields interesting performance for acoustic imaging in realistic simulations.
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Mathieu Fontaine, Charles Vanwynsberghe, Antoine Liutkus, Roland Badeau. Scalable Source Localization with Multichannel Alpha-Stable Distributions. 25th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO), Aug 2017, Kos, Greece. pp.11-15. ⟨hal-01531252⟩



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