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Using Audio Classifiers as a Mechanism for Content-Based Song Similarity

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As collections of digital music become larger and more widespread, there is a growing need for assistance in a user's navigation and interaction with a collection and with the individual members of that collection. Examining pairwise song relationships and similarities, based upon content derived features, provides a useful tool to do so. This paper looks into a means of extending a song classification algorithm to provide song to song similarity information. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of this method, the similarity data is used to group the songs into k-means clusters, these clusters are then compared against the original genre sorting algorithm.

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