Formalizing the Problem of Music Description

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Abstract

The lack of a formalism for “the problem of music descrip- tion” results in, among other things: ambiguity in what problem a music description system must address, how it should be evaluated, what criteria define its success, and the paradox that a music description system can reproduce the “ground truth” of a music dataset without attending to the music it contains. To address these issues, we formal- ize the problem of music description such that all elements of an instance of it are made explicit. This can thus inform the building of a system, and how it should be evaluated in a meaningful way. We provide illustrations of this formal- ism applied to three examples drawn from the literature.
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The lack of a formalism for “the problem of music descrip- tion” results in, among other things: ambiguity in what problem a music description system must address, how it should be evaluated, what criteria define its success, and the paradox that a music description system can reproduce the “ground truth” of a music dataset without attending to the music it contains. To address these issues, we formal- ize the problem of music description such that all elements of an instance of it are made explicit. This can thus inform the building of a system, and how it should be evaluated in a meaningful way. We provide illustrations of this formal- ism applied to three examples drawn from the literature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProc. 15th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR 2014)
Number of pages6
PublisherISMIR
Publication date2015
StatePublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
EventInternational Symposium on Music Information Retrieval: ISMIR - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 27 Oct 201431 Oct 2014

Conference

ConferenceInternational Symposium on Music Information Retrieval
LandTaiwan, Province of China
ByTaipei
Periode27/10/201431/10/2014

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