Julian Vogels

General Formats in MIR research: ACE XML

For Ichiro Fujinaga‘s Music Technology class “MUMT 621 – Music Information Acquisition, Preservation, and Retrieval” I prepared this Keynote presentation about general file formats in music information retrieval (MIR) research, focussing mainly on the Weka ARFF file format and the ACE XML file format, comparing them and explaining the file structure. You can download it in .key format or as a PDF file (without animations).



Annotated Bibliography

McKay, C. 2013a. ACE XML. http://jmir.sourceforge.net/index_ACE_XML.html (ac- cessed on 24 March 2013)
The main web resource for finding information about ACE XML: The official code base and documentation of the jMIR project on sourceforge, maintained by Cory McKay. Not only the specifications and current development is found there, but also an introduction to the background of ACE XML, links to publications on the topic and the jMIR software, which comprises a comprehensive JavaDoc with example files.
McKay, C. 2010. Automatic music classification with jMIR. PhD diss. McGill University, Canada. 369-441.
Cory McKay’s P.h.D. dissertation is a very, very comprehensive document about jMIR. Over 70 pages are dedicated to ACE XML, and although some information overlaps with the homepage, this document is more complete.
McKay, C. 2013b. ACE XML 2.0 Specification. http://www.music.mcgill.ca/∼cmckay/NEMA/ACE_XML_Dev_Page.html (accessed 21 March 2013)
The specification gives details about the file structure of ACE XML as well as on the use of the different file types.
Frauenstein, A., and Reutemann, P. 2013. Weka – Arff (Stable Version). http://weka.wikispaces.com/ARFF+%28stable+version%29 (accessed 25 March 2013)
This website is a short but sufficient description of the ARFF file format, and the only one I found on the web. It describes the file structure, but not so much how the file ought to be used.
Rapid-I GmbH. 2013. Rapid I Operator Übersicht: Ein- und Ausgabe. http://rapid-i.com/content/view/12/7/lang,de/ (accessed 24 March 2013)
This website describes the features of the RapidMiner software for data analysis and the file formats used.
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. 2012. ELKI: Environment for Developing KDD Applications Supported by Index Structures. http://elki.dbs.ifi.lmu.de/wiki/InputFormat (accessed 24 March 2013)
This website descibes the features of the ELKI software for data analysis and the file formats used.
KNIME.com AG. 2013. KNIME Features. http://www.knime.org/introduction/features (accessed 24 March 2013)
This website descibes the features of the KNIME software for data analysis and the file formats used.
Chen, Peter P.-S. 1976. The Entity-Relationship Model Toward a Unified View of Data. ACM Transactions on Database Systems 1 (1): 9-36.
The original paper on the entity-relationship model to describe databases. This model is widely used today and used by Cory McKay for ACE XML 2.0, included with this presentation.
Hall, M., Frank, E., Holmes, G., Pfahringer, B., Reutemann, P., and Witten I. H. 2009. The WEKA Data Mining Software: An Update. Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Explorations 11 (1).
This is the official paper describing the Weka software for data mining.
  Posted by julian.vogels in Work on March 26, 2013

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