The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 222, Issue 2, pp 473–485 | Cite as

Quantitative characterisation of audio data by ordinal symbolic dynamics

  • T. Aschenbrenner
  • R. Monetti
  • J.M. Amigó
  • W. Bunk
Regular Article Applications to Real World Time Series


Ordinal symbolic dynamics has developed into a valuable method to describe complex systems. Recently, using the concept of transcripts, the coupling behaviour of systems was assessed, combining the properties of the symmetric group with information theoretic ideas. In this contribution, methods from the field of ordinal symbolic dynamics are applied to the characterisation of audio data. Coupling complexity between frequency bands of solo violin music, as a fingerprint of the instrument, is used for classification purposes within a support vector machine scheme. Our results suggest that coupling complexity is able to capture essential characteristics, sufficient to distinguish among different violins.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Aschenbrenner
    • 1
  • R. Monetti
    • 1
  • J.M. Amigó
    • 2
  • W. Bunk
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische PhysikGarchingGermany
  2. 2.Centro de Investigación Operativa, Universidad Miguel HernandezElcheSpain

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