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LAUSCHER – Flexible Auditory Spike Conversion Chain

If you find this package useful for your scientific work, please consider citing our paper https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9311226

@article{cramer_heidelberg_2020,
	title = {The {Heidelberg} {Spiking} {Data} {Sets} for the {Systematic} {Evaluation} of {Spiking} {Neural} {Networks}},
	issn = {2162-2388},
	doi = {10.1109/TNNLS.2020.3044364},
	journal = {IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems},
	author = {Cramer, B. and Stradmann, Y. and Schemmel, J. and Zenke, F.},
	year = {2020},
	pages = {1--14}
}

Installation

Lauscher uses the SoundFile package for parsing audio data. On Linux, this library requires you to install libsndfile via your distribution's package manager, e.g. via apt install libsndfile1.

We recommend setting up a virtualenv (you'll need apt install python3-venv or similar) for your lauscher project:

git clone https://github.com/electronicvisions/lauscher.git
cd lauscher
python3 -m venv venv
source venv/bin/activate
pip install -r requirements.txt

Usage

Assuming you are working in a private copy of lauscher that has been installed as noted above, you can continue by calculating a first spiketrain from one of the included examples:

python -m lauscher test/resources/spoken_digit.flac my_first_spiketrain.npz --num_channels 70 --verbose

Note that due to the complexity of the implemented model, even short audio files might take multiple minutes to convert. Memory consumption might be huge for long audio files.

License

LAUSCHER - Flexbile Auditory Spike Conversion Chain
Copyright (C) 2020 Benjamin Cramer
                   Yannik Stradmann
                   Koshika Yadava

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public
License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either
version 2.1 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This library is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU
Lesser General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public
License along with this library; if not, write to the Free Software
Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA  02110-1301  USA

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