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A Distance Model for Rhythms

  • Jean-Francois Paiement
  • Yves Grandvalet
  • Samy Bengio
  • Douglas Eck
International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) (2008)


Modeling long-term dependencies in time series has proved very difficult to achieve with traditional machine learning methods. This problem occurs when considering music data. In this paper, we introduce a model for rhythms based on the distributions of distances between subsequences. A specific implementation of the model when considering Hamming distances over a simple rhythm representation is described. The proposed model consistently outperforms a standard Hidden Markov Model in terms of conditional prediction accuracy on two different music databases.

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