Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR 20)
apos; online multimedia databases makes retrieving their content a difficult and time-consuming task. Users of online sound collections typically submit search queries that express a broad intent, often making the system return large and unmanageable result sets. Search Result Clustering is a technique that organises search-result content into coherent groups, which allows users to identify useful subsets in their results. Obtaining coherent and distinctive clusters that can be explored with a suitable interface is crucial for making this technique a useful complement of traditional search engines. In our work, we propose a graph-based approach using audio features for clustering diverse sound collections obtained when querying large online databases. We propose an approach to assess the performance of different features at scale, by taking advantage of the metadata associated with each sound. This analysis is complemented with an evaluation using ground-truth labels from manually annotated datasets. We show that using a confidence measure for discarding inconsistent clusters improves the quality of the partitions. After identifying the most appropriate features for clustering, we conduct an experiment with users performing a sound design task, in order to evaluate our approach and its user interface. A qualitative analysis is carried out including usability questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. This provides us with valuable new insights regarding the features that promote efficient interaction with the clusters.
Favory X, Font F, Serra X. Search Result Clustering in Collaborative Sound Collections. In: AA. VV.. Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR 20). 1 ed. Dublin: 2020. p. 1-8.