On the relation between rhythm complexity measures and human rhythmic performance

Eric Thul, Godfried T. Toussaint

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Six measures of musical rhythm complexity were compared experimentally to human difficulty of performance (performance complexity) using two data, sets of rhythms, via phy-logenetic trees of the rank-correlation coefficient matrices obtained from rankings of the rhythms according to the complexity measures. The results suggest the hypothesis that measures of rhythmic syncopation that are based on a weighted metrical hierarchy, are better predictors of human performance difficulty than measures based on cognitive complexity, weighted distances from onsets to beats, or mathematical irregularity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationACM International Conference Proceeding Series - Proceedings of the 2008 C3S2E Conference, C3S2E'08
EditorsBipin C. Desai
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 C3S2E Conference, C3S2E'08 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: May 12 2008May 13 2008

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Other2008 C3S2E Conference, C3S2E'08
CityMontreal, QC


  • Experimentation
  • Measurement
  • Performance
  • Verification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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