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Study of ­2 Could Help Music Fans Find What They're Looking For

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A lecturer at the University of Strathclyde suggests modifying current information-retrieval systems to incorporate the ability to search, browse, and retrieve content based on its relationship to positive emotions.

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Online music providers could use music fans' emotions to inform searches, recommendations, and playlists, according to research from the University of Strathclyde.

Lecturer Diane Pennington studied 150 music videos made by fans of U2, and found a range of musical and visual methods used to convey emotion. She found the videos, and viewers' responses to them, were highly individual but often also social, with shared emotions creating a sense of community.

"The emotion music evokes is the main reason people listen to it and many would like to be able to search for music videos that meet an emotional need, such as a desire to be cheered up," Pennington says.

However, she notes current information-retrieval systems do not support this well. "To advance these systems, new systems need to be envisioned that go beyond traditional keyword-based or subject-based queries and process information requirements in new ways," Pennington says.

She says the ability to search, browse, and retrieve by positive emotions could contribute to music therapy.

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