Computers and the Humanities

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 13–18 | Cite as

Musical chronology by seriation

  • David Halperin


The statistical process of seriation arranges a set of objects along a one-dimensional line so that the distance between each pair of objects reflects the dissimilarity between them. The process has recently been cast into an algorithm which makes it feasible to seriate a few tens of objects efficiently on a personal computer. This algorithm is now used for establishing a chronology of the Troubadours according to certain melodic features in their works. Other musicological uses for seriation are proposed.

Key Words

troubadours seriation chronology 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Halperin
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  1. 1.Department of MusicologyTel Aviv University, Ramat-AvivTel AvivIsrael

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