This chapter has an introductory purpose. A chapter outline is provided, along with general notes on the book’s exercises and the companion software. Before we proceed, it is important to note that, although in this book the term audio does not exclude the speech signal, we are not focusing on traditional speech-related problems that have been studied by the research community for decades, e.g., speech recognition and coding.
During recent years we have witnessed the increasing availability of audio content via numerous distribution channels both for commercial and non-profit purposes. The resulting wealth of data has inevitably highlighted the need for systems that are capable of analyzing ...