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Music Genome Project

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is there a place i can go to read an in-depth write-up on the Genome Project? (not just marketing stuff).



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@boulderskies The Music Genome Project is a growing collection of music with over 1,000,000 songs. Trained musicians listen to each song and categorize it in terms of hundreds of specific attributes.

For example: Does the lead singer have a breathy voice? How distorted is the rhythm guitar? What key is it in? What tempo? Time signature? Are the lyrics about love? Sex? Loneliness? This comprehensive taxonomy makes it possible to use mathematical heuristic techniques to identify groups of similar songs. Pandora plays songs selected to match the various musicological characteristics of songs selected as inputs by the listener.

Pandora also allows the listener to give feedback on songs that play via "Thumbs up" and "Thumbs down". Thumbs indicate that the listener likes or dislikes one or more elements of that song. The Pandora algorithm responds by playing more songs that share characteristics with the positively rated songs – and fewer songs that sound like the negatively rated songs. Over time, each station will predominantly play songs the listener likes. Thousands of new songs are added to the collection every week. Those that share characteristics of songs positively rated by the listener will play too. Specific details on the inner workings of the MGP and Pandora algorithm's are mostly confidential.

Hope we continue to see you around the Community! :pandora:

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thank you Adam. good write-up. i also viewed several videos of Tim Westergren that were very interesting.


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Always happy to help, @boulderskies! 😁

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@AdamPandora , Fascinating writeup.  I’d be curious to know what the approximately 450 attributes are.  It would be cool if I could create a station based on, say, 12 of those attributes of my choosing.  (12 is just a random number for this example.)

Probably outside your purview, but is there a reason that such a compilation must be proprietary?  

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  1. Introduction: The Genome Project, launched in 1990, aimed to map and sequence the entire human genome, comprising over three billion DNA base pairs.
  2. Scientific Breakthroughs: This monumental endeavor led to significant scientific breakthroughs, including the identification of genes associated with various diseases and conditions.
  3. Precision Medicine: The insights gained from the Genome Project have paved the way for precision medicine, allowing for tailored treatments based on an individual's genetic makeup.
  4. Genetic Counseling: Understanding one's genetic predispositions has also facilitated genetic counseling, empowering individuals to make informed healthcare decisions.
  5. Advancements in Research: The availability of comprehensive genomic data has accelerated research in fields such as genetics, genomics, and personalized medicine.
  6. Ethical Considerations: Alongside its benefits, the Genome Project has raised ethical concerns regarding privacy, discrimination, and consent in genomic research and healthcare.
  7. Clinical Applications: Genomic information is increasingly being integrated into clinical practice, guiding diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment strategies for various diseases.
  8. Population Health: Population-level genomic studies provide insights into the genetic basis of diseases and inform public health initiatives aimed at prevention and intervention.
  9. Pharmacogenomics: Understanding how genetic variations influence drug responses has led to the emerging field of pharmacogenomics, optimizing medication efficacy and safety.
  10. Future Directions: Ongoing advancements in genome sequencing technologies promise to further unravel the complexities of the human genome and its implications for health and disease.
  11. Educational Resources: For those interested in delving deeper into genomics and its applications, Medical PDF Books offers a plethora of educational resources and book covering diverse aspects of genetics and genomics.
  12. Conclusion: The Genome Project has fundamentally transformed our understanding of human biology and disease, ushering in an era of personalized medicine and genomic-based healthcare.

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I think this is a different Genome Project involving genetics and DNA, @alvitubit23.

You can find out more details about the Music Genome Project in these blog posts on the Pandora Community:

@boulderskies Looks like these articles were posted after your original thread post. @blankface you may be interested in checking them out too. 🎧

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