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An image processing technique called Local Binary Patterns (LBP) has been explored for its ability to generate feature vectors for dolphin vocalization classification. The LBP operator eliminates the need for contour tracing, denoising, and other prior processing. In an experimental study of classifying dolphin whistle types, the performance of the LBP operation was compared with that of the popular contour-based Time-Frequency Parameters (TFP) approach. The preliminary experimental results illustrate that the LBP method produces more consistent classifier accuracy of dolphin whistle calls even when the contour shapes are complex and populated with impulsive clicks and anthropogenic harmonics.


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