(Computing in Musicology 13) Published by CCARH and The MIT Press, 2004.
Transportation Distances and Their Application in Music- Notation Retrieval
By Frans Wiering, Rainer Typke, Remco C. Veltkamp
Institute of Information and Computing Sciences
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This article introduces the representation of music notation as a weighted dot pattern and defines two distance measures--the Earth-Mover's Distance and the Proportional Transportation Distance. Their performance is compared in the ranking of melodic-match candidates. Queries with both distance measures are evaluated and their applicability in music research is discussed. The research is related to the Orpheus project (www.cs.uu.nl/centers/give/multimedia/music), which aims to develop efficient methods for content-based retrieval from large collections of encoded music notation producing meaningful results.