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dc.contributor.advisorBarry L. Vercoe.en_US
dc.contributor.authorWhitman, Brian A. (Brian Alexander)en_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-12-07T19:20:39Z
dc.date.available2007-12-07T19:20:39Z
dc.date.copyright2005en_US
dc.date.issued2005en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/32500en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/32500
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, 2005.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 99-104).en_US
dc.description.abstractExpression as complex and personal as music is not adequately represented by the signal alone. We define and model meaning in music as the mapping between the acoustic signal and its contextual interpretation - the 'community metadata' based on popularity, description and personal reaction, collected from reviews, usage, and discussion. In this thesis we present a framework for capturing community metadata from free text sources, audio representations general enough to work across domains of music, and a machine learning framework for learning the relationship between the music signals and the contextual reaction iteratively at a large scale. Our work is evaluated and applied as semantic basis functions - meaning classifiers that are used to maximize semantic content in a perceptual signal. This process improves upon statistical methods of rank reduction as it aims to model a community's reaction to perception instead of relationships found in the signal alone. We show increased accuracy of common music retrieval tasks with audio projected through semantic basis functions. We also evaluate our models in a 'query-by-description' task for music, where we predict description and community interpretation of audio. These unbiased learning approaches show superior accuracy in music and multimedia intelligence tasks such as similarity, classification and recommendation.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Brian A. Whitman.en_US
dc.format.extent104 p.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/32500en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subjectArchitecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.titleLearning the meaning of musicen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreePh.D.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture. Program In Media Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.identifier.oclc61896668en_US


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