Ben Fields

Analysis and Exploitation of Musician Social Networks for Recommendation and Discovery (01/03/10)

We present an extensive analysis of a sample of a social network of musicians. The network sample is first analyzed using standard complex network techniques to verify that it has similar properties to other web-derived complex networks. Content-based pairwise dissimilarity values between the musical data associated with the network sample are computed, and the relationship between those content-based distances and distances from network theory explored. Following this exploration, hybrid graphs and distance measures are constructed, and used to examine the community structure of the artist network. Finally, results of these investigations are presented and considered in the light of recommendation and discovery applications with these hybrid measures as their basis.

Department of Computing, Goldsmiths College, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

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