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Investigating country-specific music preferences and music recommendation algorithms with the LFM-1b dataset

Investigating country-specific music preferences and music recommendation algorithms with the... Recently, the LFM-1b dataset has been proposed to foster research and evaluation in music retrieval and music recommender systems, Schedl (Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR). New York, 2016). It contains more than one billion music listening events created by more than 120,000 users of Last.fm. Each listening event is characterized by artist, album, and track name, and further includes a timestamp. Basic demographic information and a selection of more elaborate listener-specific descriptors are included as well, for anonymized users. In this article, we reveal information about LFM-1b’s acquisition and content and we compare it to existing datasets. We furthermore provide an extensive statistical analysis of the dataset, including basic properties of the item sets, demographic coverage, distribution of listening events (e.g., over artists and users), and aspects related to music preference and consumption behavior (e.g., temporal features and mainstreaminess of listeners). Exploiting country information of users and genre tags of artists, we also create taste profiles for populations and determine similar and dissimilar countries in terms of their populations’ music preferences. Finally, we illustrate the dataset’s usage in a simple artist recommendation task, whose results are intended to serve as baseline against which more elaborate techniques can be assessed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Multimedia Information Retrieval Springer Journals

Investigating country-specific music preferences and music recommendation algorithms with the LFM-1b dataset

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by The Author(s)
Subject
Computer Science; Multimedia Information Systems; Information Storage and Retrieval; Information Systems Applications (incl.Internet); Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery; Image Processing and Computer Vision; Computer Science, general
ISSN
2192-6611
eISSN
2192-662X
DOI
10.1007/s13735-017-0118-y
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Abstract

Recently, the LFM-1b dataset has been proposed to foster research and evaluation in music retrieval and music recommender systems, Schedl (Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR). New York, 2016). It contains more than one billion music listening events created by more than 120,000 users of Last.fm. Each listening event is characterized by artist, album, and track name, and further includes a timestamp. Basic demographic information and a selection of more elaborate listener-specific descriptors are included as well, for anonymized users. In this article, we reveal information about LFM-1b’s acquisition and content and we compare it to existing datasets. We furthermore provide an extensive statistical analysis of the dataset, including basic properties of the item sets, demographic coverage, distribution of listening events (e.g., over artists and users), and aspects related to music preference and consumption behavior (e.g., temporal features and mainstreaminess of listeners). Exploiting country information of users and genre tags of artists, we also create taste profiles for populations and determine similar and dissimilar countries in terms of their populations’ music preferences. Finally, we illustrate the dataset’s usage in a simple artist recommendation task, whose results are intended to serve as baseline against which more elaborate techniques can be assessed.

Journal

International Journal of Multimedia Information RetrievalSpringer Journals

Published: Feb 6, 2017

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