Towards Time-resilient MIR Processes

R. Mayer, A. Rauber:
"Towards Time-resilient MIR Processes";
Vortrag: 13th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR 2012), Miami; 24.10.2011 - 28.10.2011; in:"Proceedings of the 13th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR 2012)", University of Miami, (2011), ISBN: 978-0-615-54865-4; S. 337 - 342.

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In experimental sciences, under which we may likely sub-
sume most research areas in MIR, repeatability is one of
the key cornerstones of validating research and measuring
progress. Yet, due to the complexity of typical MIR exper-
iments, ensuring the capability of re-running any experi-
ment, achieving exactly identical outputs is challenging at
best. Performance differences observed may be attributed
to incomplete documentation of the process, slight vari-
ations in data (preprocessing) or software libraries used,
and others. Digital preservation aims at keeping digital
objects authentically accessible and usable over long time
spans. While traditionally focussed on individual objects,
research is now moving towards the preservation of entire
processes. In this paper we present the challenges of pre-
serving a classical MIR process, i.e. music genre classi-
fications, discuss the kinds of context information to be
captured, as well as means to validate the re-execution of a
preserved process.