I will need to analyze some soundscape data from Norway and it is likely that bats are present in the area. I was wondering if there was any available model trained for bat detection or ideally bat classification. I am aware of BatDetective but the github repository only provide the training / validation data. While it would be possible to retrain a model with the data provided on the BatDetective github, I would rather use a state-of-the-art bat detector / classifier.

To be clear I am not looking for a software such as mentioned in this post but I am rather interested in the raw model weights so I can have a greater coding flexibility.

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    $\begingroup$ Could you update with what geographic region you're looking at? $\endgroup$
    – Cathleen B
    Aug 17, 2022 at 22:10
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    $\begingroup$ I edited and added that the soundscape data comes from Norway. However, any model would be helpful! $\endgroup$ Aug 18, 2022 at 7:24
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    $\begingroup$ @BenjaminCretois Please edit the main title so it is a specific question. As it stands, your title is a short phrase that doesn't let readers know what information you're looking for. See guide for: How do I write a good title? $\endgroup$
    – selene
    Aug 25, 2022 at 16:47

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Not sure if this fits your desire for a "state-of-the-art" detector, but it looks like BatDetective actually does have model weights available, just a bit hidden. If you download the "data" zip file from this website. There is a Pickle'd model "test_set_bulgaria.mod" within the models folder. There are also two sets of model weights saved here as .npy files.

If you have some of your own labeled training data then I would guess that one of those weights will probably be a decent starting place, or at least better than starting from scratch.

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    $\begingroup$ Well spotted Taiki! $\endgroup$
    – Dan Stowell
    Aug 24, 2022 at 8:00

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