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December 20, 2006

Predicting Your Favorite Music

Think about 3-4 favorite singers or bands. Go to Google Sets, enter each artist name in an input box and click on "Large set" button. Hopefully, Google Sets, that uses artificial intelligence to predict other items similar to the ones already entered, will show you a big list of related artists.

Then go to Radio.Blog.Club and see if Google was right. Enter the artists you aren't familiar with and listen to their music.

10 comments:

  1. Hmm, I entered 3 singers/ bands but it didn't work (0 results in the large set). Amazon.com's recommendations ("people who bought this record also bought...") usually work good though...

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  2. I was surprised it works pretty well even for distinct genres of music. For example:
    U2, Led Zeppelin, Moby

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  3. Didn't find a think for me either. What! Doesn't Google know about Cosy Sheridan, Chuck Pyle or We're About Nine. Google must have a very narrow search criteria.

    In short the list thing doesn't turn me on at all. It's useless.

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  4. I agree with mike and phil here.

    The so-called 'AI' behind this algorithm is very limited. I put in 'The Police', 'Alan Parsons Project' and 'The Flaming Lips' and I got nothing. The algorithms behind iTunes and Amazon.com work far better, and that's sad news because I hear Google is thinking about moving into the search business.

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  5. It did not work for me either. I had The Beatles, Beck and David Bowie in the list and all it returned was the list of artists which name starts with "B"...

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  6. Wow it couldn't be more wrong. I put in U2 and Billy Joel and Google came back a list of total crap including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, N Sync, Britney Spears, and Ricky Martin. How are any of those related to U2 or Billy Joel in any way other than the era.

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  7. If you use music-map.com, you find that the results are totally different to google's

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  8. try entering 1,2,3 into it and click 'small set'. it brings out a list as such. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,0,13 .. whats the 0 doing in between 12 and 13 ? google re-invents zero ?

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  9. If you really want to see an awesome example of this, go to Pandora.com. Set up a radio station with one or two artists you like and watch it do a bang-up job of finding similar artists. Can set up 99 personal stations, commercial free. Love it.

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  10. That's what LastFM is for silly!

    Go to http://www.last.fm and enter an artist you like, or even better use their plugin to generate a profile of your listening habits and get constantly updated list of recommendations.

    Sweet!

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