This is Anita Lillie’s blog for documenting her work on her Master’s thesis. It’s intended to keep her readers in the loop about her progress, and to solicit commentary and suggestions.
My Master’s thesis is focused on the problem of finding music you like, both inside your own collection (to match a particular mood, for example), or outside of your own collection. I don’t like the hugely text-dependent ways of searching for music in traditional media players like iTunes and Windows Media Player. My thesis work will depart from that interface, and will present your music collection in a space, organized by similarity. I will be calculating similarity both from audio features (straight from the audio signal) and textual descriptions (gathered from tags on the web).
I like information visualization. Ultimately, my goal is to create a picture of what I listen to, what my friends listen to, and to see how those pictures sit in the broader context of music as a whole.
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