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Algorithmic clustering of music

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3 Author(s)
Cilibrasi, R. ; CWI, Amsterdam, Netherlands ; Vitanyi, P. ; de Wolf, R.

We present a method for hierarchical music clustering, based on compression of strings that represent the music pieces. The method uses no background knowledge about music whatsoever: it is completely general and can, without change, be used in different areas like linguistic classification, literature, and genomics. Indeed, it can be used to simultaneously cluster objects from completely different domains, like with like. It is based on an ideal theory of the information content in individual objects (Kolmogorov complexity), information distance, and a universal similarity metric. The approximation to the universal similarity metric obtained using standard data compressors is called "normalized compression distance (NCD)." Experiments using our CompLearn software tool show that the method distinguishes between various musical genres and can even cluster pieces by composer.

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Web Delivering of Music, 2004. WEDELMUSIC 2004. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on

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13-14 Sept. 2004

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