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A Machine Learning Approach for Detecting Wind Farm Noise Amplitude Modulation

Version 1 : Received: 5 December 2020 / Approved: 7 December 2020 / Online: 7 December 2020 (12:51:54 CET)

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Journal reference: Applied Acoustics 2021
DOI: 10.1016/j.apacoust.2021.108286

Abstract

Amplitude modulation (AM) is a characteristic feature of wind farm noise and has the potential to contribute to annoyance and sleep disturbance. This study aimed to develop an AM detection method using a random forest approach. The method was developed and validated on 6,000 10-second samples of wind farm noise manually classified by a scorer via a listening experiment. Comparison between the random forest method and other widely-used methods showed that the proposed method consistently demonstrated superior performance. This study also found that a combination of low-frequency content features and other unique characteristics of wind farm noise play an important role in enhancing AM detection performance. Taken together, these findings support that using machine learning-based detection of AM is well suited and effective for in-depth exploration of large wind farm noise data sets for potential legislative and research purposes.

Subject Areas

Wind farm noise; Amplitude modulation; Random Forest; AM detection

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