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Metrics for Algorithmic Compositon & Improvisation
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 9:07 am    Post subject: Metrics for Algorithmic Compositon & Improvisation
Subject description: How would you measure effectiveness of such an algorithm?
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This topic of discussion came up at MUME 2012, and the topic seemed pretty alien to me. If people show up and seem to appreciate the music, and if I can appreciate the music, then the music works, whether generated in part by an algorithm or not.

However, I am considering writing a research grant proposal having to do with mechanisms for algorithmic composition and improvisation, to buy equipment and travel support and student travel support and probably a couple of summer stipends. Now I see the point of the metrics discussion. Grant proposals need to include concrete, objective means for measuring the outcomes / success of the experiment. It doesn't have to be automated.

One way would be to invite a large cross-section of people with various musical backgrounds and have them fill out questionnaires at the end.

Another way would be to enlist a few so-called experts to assess the outcome.

These people would get some small amount of money provided by the grant.

You could also have a free, public event with filling out the questionnaires being the price of admission.

You could also attempt to automate the evaluation of effectiveness in some way.

Opinions or suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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