Wavelet Networks: Scale Equivariant Learning From Raw Waveforms


Inducing symmetry equivariance in deep neural architectures has resolved into improved data efficiency and generalization. In this work, we utilize the concept of scale and translation equivariance to tackle the problem of learning on time-series from raw waveforms. As a result, we obtain representations that largely resemble those of the wavelet transform at the first layer, but that evolve into much more descriptive ones as a function of depth. Our empirical results support the suitability of our Wavelet Networks which with a simple architecture design perform consistently better than CNNs on raw waveforms and on par with spectrogram-based methods.

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