COVID-19 CNN MFCC classifier

Published: 20-08-2020| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/ww5dfy53cw.1
Robert Dunne


High accuracy classification of COVID-19 coughs using Mel-frequency cepstral coefficients and a Convolutional Neural Network with a use case for smart home devices. Diagnosing COVID-19 early in domestic settings is possible through smart home devices that can classify audio input of coughs, and determine whether they are COVID-19. Research is currently sparse in this area and data is difficult to obtain. How- ever, a few small data collection projects have en- abled audio classification research into the application of different machine learning classification algorithms, including Logistic Regression (LR), Support Vector Machines (SVM), and Convolution Neural Networks (CNN). We show here that a CNN using audio converted to Mel-frequency cepstral coefficient spectrogram images as input can achieve high accuracy results; with classification of validation data scoring an accuracy of 97.5% cor- rect classification of covid and not covid labelled audio. The work here provides a proof of concept that high accuracy can be achieved with a small dataset, which can have a significant impact in this area. The results are highly encouraging and provide further opportunities for research by the academic community on this important topic. Preprint: