Exploring the music library association mailing list: A text mining approach

Xiao Hu, Kahyun Choi, Yun Hao, Sally Jo Cunningham, Jin Ha Lee, Audrey Laplante, David Bainbridge, J. Stephen Downie

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Abstract

Music librarians and people pursuing music librarianship have exchanged emails via the Music Library Association Mailing List (MLA-L) for decades. The list archive is an invaluable resource to discover new insights on music information retrieval from the perspective of the music librarian community. This study analyzes a corpus of 53,648 emails posted on MLA-L from 2000 to 2016 by using text mining and quantitative analysis methods. In addition to descriptive analysis, main topics of discussions and their trends over the years are identified through topic modeling. We also compare messages that stimulated discussions to those that did not. Inspection of semantic topics reveals insights complementary to previous topic analyses of other Music Information Retrieval (MIR) related resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2017
EditorsSally Jo Cunningham, Zhiyao Duan, Xiao Hu, Douglas Turnbull
PublisherInternational Society for Music Information Retrieval
Pages302-308
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9789811151798
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Event18th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2017 - Suzhou, China
Duration: Oct 23 2017Oct 27 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 18th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2017

Conference

Conference18th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2017
CountryChina
CitySuzhou
Period10/23/1710/27/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music
  • Information Systems

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    Hu, X., Choi, K., Hao, Y., Cunningham, S. J., Lee, J. H., Laplante, A., Bainbridge, D., & Downie, J. S. (2017). Exploring the music library association mailing list: A text mining approach. In S. J. Cunningham, Z. Duan, X. Hu, & D. Turnbull (Eds.), Proceedings of the 18th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2017 (pp. 302-308). (Proceedings of the 18th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2017). International Society for Music Information Retrieval.