Re: [Rhythmbox-devel] Structure in genres

On Fri, 2005-07-08 at 04:26 +0000, Omen Nemo wrote:
> >From: Colin Walters <walters verbum org>
> >
> >On Thu, 2005-07-07 at 21:20 -0400, Stefan Monnier wrote:
> >>>>I wish the "genre" had some structure.
> >>>>I.e. instead of a linear list of genres, I'd like to see it be a tree
> >>>What if we made the search more intelligent instead?  So Rhythmbox might
> >>>show results for Chamber Music if you searched for Classical.
> How well would that translate?

Good question.  It's a hard problem.  I'm not sure if Google has any
particular tricks for this; they kind of get it for free from PageRank
and web pages in a particular language linking to other similar pages in
the same language.  We don't quite have any similar metrics easily
available that I know of.  I wonder if anyone's done work in this area;
maybe we could generate it from a source like AllMusic or Musicbrainz
which might have some indication of the "closeness" of genres based
partially on popularity, perhaps partially on manual groupings.

Really I'm just throwing out ideas, I'm not saying all of this is sane,
just that we could clearly do better with the search than we are now.

> And would it adapt to custom genres invented by the user, or be limited by 
> some hard-coded list?

I'm not sure if we'd provide a UI directly for it; it would depend a lot
on how we got the data in the first place and what form it took.  It
might adapt dynamically to the user's response to the searches though.

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