Exploring Customer Reviews for Music Genre Classification and Evolutionary Studies

TitleExploring Customer Reviews for Music Genre Classification and Evolutionary Studies
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
Conference Name17th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR 2016)
AuthorsOramas, S., Espinosa-Anke L., Lawlor A., Serra X., & Saggion H.
Conference Start Date07/08/2016
Conference LocationNew York
AbstractIn this paper, we explore a large multimodal dataset of about 65k albums constructed from a combination of Amazon customer reviews, MusicBrainz metadata and AcousticBrainz audio descriptors. Review texts are further enriched with named entity disambiguation along with polarity information derived from an aspect-based sentiment analysis framework. This dataset constitutes the cornerstone of two main contributions: First, we perform experiments on music genre classification, exploring a variety of feature types, including semantic, sentimental and acoustic features. These experiments show that modeling semantic information contributes to outperforming strong bag-of-words baselines. Second, we provide a diachronic study of the criticism of music genres via a quantitative analysis of the polarity associated to musical aspects over time. Our analysis hints at a potential correlation between key cultural and geopolitical events and the language and evolving sentiments found in music reviews.
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