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A Statistical Analysis of Melody Lengths in a North Indian Raga

Author(s): Soubhik Chakraborty | Swarima Tewari | Shashidhar Sundareisan | Shreya Kashyap | Mita Pal

Journal: Studii si Cercetari de Istoria Artei : Teatru, Muzic─â, Cinematografie
ISSN 0039-3991

Volume: 5-6 (49-50);
Start page: 129;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Raga | Melody | Melody length | Truncated Poisson model | statistical analysis

The length of a melody simply refers to the number of notes in it. Melody lengths also provide interesting data sets that merit statistical attention individually, apart from their role in calculating melody significance. However, their individual study has been a neglected aspect in music analysis. This paper makes amends with a case study in a north Indian raga. A 0-2 truncated Poisson model seems to characterize the melody lengths.
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