January 2016 MIMM Journal Club
Jan 8, 2016
1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Canada
12:30PM to 1:30PM
Date(s) - 08/01/2016
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The next meeting will be held on Friday, January 8th, 2016 at 12:30pm in Room 204 of the Psychology Building at McMaster University!
Dr. Matthew Woolhouse’s graduate student, Michael Barone, will lead a discussion on the article by Ellis et al. 2015 entitled “Quantifying lexical novelty in song lyrics”.
Abstract listed below.
Ellis, R.J., Xing, Z., Fang, J., Wnag, Y. (2015). Quantifying lexical novelty in song lyrics. Proceedings of the 16th ISMIR Conference, Ma ?laga, Spain, October 26-30, 2015.
Novelty is an important psychological construct that affects both perceptual and behavioral processes. Here, we propose a lexical novelty score (LNS) for a song’s lyric, based on the statistical properties of a corpus of 275,905 lyrics (available at www.smcnus.org/lyrics/). A lyric-level LNS was derived as a function of the inverse document frequencies of its unique words. An artist-level LNS was then computed using the LNSs of lyrics uniquely associated with each artist. Statistical tests were performed to determine whether lyrics and artists on Billboard Magazine’s lists of “All-Time Top 100” songs and artists had significantly lower LNSs than “non-top” songs and artists. An affirmative and highly consistent answer was found in both cases. These results highlight the potential utility of the LNS as a feature for MIR.