Modeling Expressed Emotions in Music using Pairwise Comparisons

Jens Madsen, Jens Brehm Nielsen, Bjørn Sand Jensen, Jan Larsen

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    Abstract

    We introduce a two-alternative forced-choice experimental paradigm to quantify expressed emotions in music using the two wellknown arousal and valence (AV) dimensions. In order to produce AV scores from the pairwise comparisons and to visualize the locations of excerpts in the AV space, we introduce a flexible Gaussian process (GP) framework which learns from the pairwise comparisons directly. A novel dataset is used to evaluate the proposed framework and learning curves show that the proposed framework needs relative few comparisons in order to achieve satisfactory performance. This is further supported by visualizing the learned locations of excerpts in the AV space. Finally, by examining the predictive performance of the user-specific models we show the importance of modeling subjects individually due to significant subjective differences.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication9th International Symposium on Computer Music Modelling and Retrieval (CMMR 2012)
    PublisherQueen Mary University of London
    Publication date2012
    Pages526-533
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event9th International Symposium on Computer Music Modelling and Retrieval (CMMR 2012) - Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 19 Jun 201222 Jun 2012
    http://www.cmmr2012.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/

    Conference

    Conference9th International Symposium on Computer Music Modelling and Retrieval (CMMR 2012)
    LocationQueen Mary University of London
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityLondon
    Period19/06/201222/06/2012
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    Madsen, J., Nielsen, J. B., Jensen, B. S., & Larsen, J. (2012). Modeling Expressed Emotions in Music using Pairwise Comparisons. In 9th International Symposium on Computer Music Modelling and Retrieval (CMMR 2012) (pp. 526-533). Queen Mary University of London.