Taste or Addiction?: Using Play Logs to Infer Song Selection Motivation

  • Kosetsu TsukudaEmail author
  • Masataka Goto
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10235)


Online music services are increasing in popularity. They enable us to analyze people’s music listening behavior based on play logs. Although it is known that people listen to music based on topic (e.g., rock or jazz), we assume that when a user is addicted to an artist, s/he chooses the artist’s songs regardless of topic. Based on this assumption, in this paper, we propose a probabilistic model to analyze people’s music listening behavior. Our main contributions are three-fold. First, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first study modeling music listening behavior by taking into account the influence of addiction to artists. Second, by using real-world datasets of play logs, we showed the effectiveness of our proposed model. Third, we carried out qualitative experiments and showed that taking addiction into account enables us to analyze music listening behavior from a new viewpoint in terms of how people listen to music according to the time of day, how an artist’s songs are listened to by people, etc. We also discuss the possibility of applying the analysis results to applications such as artist similarity computation and song recommendation.



This work was supported in part by ACCEL, JST.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)TsukubaJapan

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