Musical chronology by seriation

David Halperin*

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The statistical process of seriation arranges a set of objects along a one-dimensional line so that the distance between each pair of objects reflects the dissimilarity between them. The process has recently been cast into an algorithm which makes it feasible to seriate a few tens of objects efficiently on a personal computer. This algorithm is now used for establishing a chronology of the Troubadours according to certain melodic features in their works. Other musicological uses for seriation are proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-18
Number of pages6
JournalComputers and the Humanities
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1994


  • chronology
  • seriation
  • troubadours


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