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Modeling listener distraction resulting from audio-on-audio interference.

Francombe, J, Mason, R, Dewhirst, M and Bech, S (2013) Modeling listener distraction resulting from audio-on-audio interference. Journal of Acoustical Society of America, 133 (5). p. 3367.

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As devices that produce audio become more commonplace and increasingly portable, situations in which two competing audio programs are present occur more regularly. In order to support the design of systems intended to mitigate the effects of interfering audio (including sound field control, noise cancelation or source separation systems), it is desirable to model the perceived distraction in such situations. Distraction ratings were collected for a range of audio-on-audio interference situations including various target and interferer programs at three interferer levels, with and without road noise. Time-frequency target-to-interferer ratio (TIR) maps of the stimuli were created using a simple auditory model. A number of feature sets were extracted from the TIR maps, including combinations of mean, standard deviation, minimum and maximum TIR taken across the duration of the program item. In order to predict distraction ratings from the features, linear regression models were produced. The models were evaluated for goodness-of-fit (RMSE) and generalizability (using a K-fold cross-validation procedure). The best model performed well, with almost all predictions falling within the 95% confidence intervals of the perceptual data. A validation data set was used to test the model, suggesting areas for future improvement.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Arts > Sound Recording
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Date : May 2013
Identification Number : 10.1121/1.4805762
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Additional Information : Copyright 2013. Acoustical Society of America. This article maybe downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the Acoustical Society of America. The following article appeared as "Modeling listener distraction resulting from audio-on-audio interference. Francombe, Jon and Mason, Russell and Dewhirst, Martin and Bech, So/ren, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133, 3367-3367 (2013); and can be found at DOI:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 27 May 2014 16:43
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:59

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