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Segmentation and Context of Literary and Musical Sequences

Damian H. Zanette
Arxiv ID: 707.0895Last updated: 7/9/2007
We test a segmentation algorithm, based on the calculation of the Jensen-Shannon divergence between probability distributions, to two symbolic sequences of literary and musical origin. The first sequence represents the successive appearance of characters in a theatrical play, and the second represents the succession of tones from the twelve-tone scale in a keyboard sonata. The algorithm divides the sequences into segments of maximal compositional divergence between them. For the play, these segments are related to changes in the frequency of appearance of different characters and in the geographical setting of the action. For the sonata, the segments correspond to tonal domains and reveal in detail the characteristic tonal progression of such kind of musical composition.

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