Geographical region mapping scheme based on musical preferences

Sanghoon Jun, Seungmin Rho, Eenjun Hwang

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperpeer-review


Many countries and cities in the world tend to have different types of preferred or popular music, such as pop, K-pop, and reggae. Music-related applications utilize geographical proximity for evaluating the similarity of music preferences between two regions. Sometimes, this can lead to incorrect results due to other factors such as culture and religion. To solve this problem, in this paper, we propose a scheme for constructing a music map in which regions are positioned close to one another depending on the similarity of the musical preferences of their populations. That is, countries or cities in a traditional map are rearranged in the music map such that regions with similar musical preferences are close to one another. To do this, we collect users’ music play history and extract popular artists and tag information from the collected data. Similarities among regions are calculated using the tags and their frequencies. And then, an iterative algorithm for rearranging the regions into a music map is applied. We present a method for constructing the music map along with some experimental results.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event15th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2014 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 2014 Oct 272014 Oct 31


Conference15th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, ISMIR 2014
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (NRF-2013R1A1A2012627) and the MSIP (Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning), Korea, under the ITRC (Information Technology Research Center) support program (NIPA-2014-H0301-14-1001) supervised by the NIPA (National IT Industry Promotion Agency)

Publisher Copyright:
© Sanghoon Jun, Seungmin Rho, Eenjun Hwang.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Music
  • Information Systems


Dive into the research topics of 'Geographical region mapping scheme based on musical preferences'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this