Phrase structure detection in dance

Vidyarani M. Dyaberi, Hari Sundaram, Jodi James, Gang Qian

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Abstract

This paper deals with phrase structure detection in contemporary western dance. Phrases are a sequence of movements that exist at a higher semantic abstraction than gestures. The problem is important since phrasal structure in dance, plays a key role in communicating meaning. We detect two fundamental dance structures - ABA and the Rondo, as they form the basis for more complex movement sequences. There are two key ideas in our work - (a) the use of a topological framework for deterministic structure detection and (b) novel phrasal distance metrics. The topological graph formulation succinctly captures the domain knowledge about the structure. We show how an objective function can be constructed given the topology. The minimization of this function yields the phrasal structure and phrase boundaries. The distance incorporates both movement and hierarchical body structure. The results are excellent with low median error of 7% (ABA) and 15% (Rondo).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationACM Multimedia 2004 - proceedings of the 12th ACM International Conference on Multimedia
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages332-335
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)1581138938, 9781581138931
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventACM Multimedia 2004 - proceedings of the 12th ACM International Conference on Multimedia - New York, NY, United States
Duration: Oct 10 2004Oct 16 2004

Publication series

NameACM Multimedia 2004 - proceedings of the 12th ACM International Conference on Multimedia

Other

OtherACM Multimedia 2004 - proceedings of the 12th ACM International Conference on Multimedia
CountryUnited States
CityNew York, NY
Period10/10/0410/16/04

Keywords

  • Dance
  • Phrase
  • Structure
  • Topological graph

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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