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Welcome to MIREX 2011

This is the main page for the sixth running of the Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange (MIREX 2011). The International Music Information Retrieval Systems Evaluation Laboratory (IMIRSEL) at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is the principal organizer of MIREX 2011.

The MIREX 2011 community will hold its annual meeting as part of The 12th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval, ISMIR 2011, which will be held in Miami, Florida, the 24-28 October, 2011. The MIREX plenary (working lunch) and poster sessions will be held Thursday, October 27 during the conference.

J. Stephen Downie
Director, IMIRSEL

MIREX 2011 Deadline Dates

We have two sets of deadlines for submissions. We have to stagger the deadlines because of runtime and human evaluation considerations. The submission system will open August 5, 2011.

Tasks with a 26 August 2011 deadline:

  1. Audio Classification (Train/Test) Tasks
  2. Audio Music Similarity and Retrieval
  3. Symbolic Melodic Similarity

Tasks with a 2 September 2011 deadline:

  1. All remaining MIREX 2011 tasks.

Nota Bene: In the past we have been rather flexible about deadlines. This year, however, we simply do not have the time flexibility, sorry.

Please, please, please, let's start getting those submissions made. The sooner we have the code, the sooner we can start running the evaluations.

PS: If you have a slower running algorithm, help us help you by getting your code in ASAP. Please do pay attention to runtime limits.

AMS & SMS Deadlines

We hope to open the Evalutron 6000 system on Friday, 30 September and close it on Wednesday October 12. Please sign up in the following wiki pages

AMS sign up page

SMS sign up page

Note that you have register for MIREX wiki first.

MIREX 2011 Submission Instructions

MIREX 2011 Task Participation Poll

Please answer MIREX 2011 Task Participation Poll on your likelihood of participation in each task. Poll is going to close on Friday July 29th 2011.

MIREX 2011 Evaluation Tasks

Note to New Participants

Please take the time to read the following review article that explains the history and structure of MIREX.

Downie, J. Stephen (2008). The Music Information Retrieval Evaluation Exchange (2005-2007):
A window into music information retrieval research.Acoustical Science and Technology 29 (4): 247-255.
Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1250/ast.29.247

Note to All Participants

Because MIREX is premised upon the sharing of ideas and results, ALL MIREX participants are expected to:

  1. submit a DRAFT 2-3 page extended abstract PDF in the ISMIR format about the submitted programme(s) to help us and the community better understand how the algorithm works when submitting their programme(s).
  2. submit a FINALIZED 2-3 page extended abstract PDF in the ISMIR format prior to ISMIR 2011 for posting on the respective results pages (sometimes the same abstract can be used for multiple submissions; in many cases the DRAFT and FINALIZED abstracts are the same)
  3. present a poster at the MIREX 2011 poster session at ISMIR 2011 (Wednesday, 11 August 2011)


Software Dependency Requests

If you have not submitted to MIREX before or are unsure whether IMIRSEL/NEMA currently supports some of the software/architecture dependencies for your submission a dependency request form is available. Please submit details of your dependencies on this form and the IMIRSEL team will attempt to satisfy them for you.

Due to the high volume of submissions expected at MIREX 2011, submissions with difficult to satisfy dependencies that the team has not been given sufficient notice of may result in the submission being rejected.


Finally, you will also be expected to detail your software/architecture dependencies in a README file to be provided to the submission system.

Getting Involved in MIREX 2011

MIREX is a community-based endeavour. Be a part of the community and help make MIREX 2011 the best yet.


Mailing List Participation

If you are interested in formal MIR evaluation, you should also subscribe to the "MIREX" (aka "EvalFest") mail list and participate in the community discussions about defining and running MIREX 2011 tasks. Subscription information at: EvalFest Central.

If you are participating in MIREX 2011, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you are subscribed to EvalFest. Deadlines, task updates and other important information will be announced via this mailing list. Please use the EvalFest for discussion of MIREX task proposals and other MIREX related issues. This wiki (MIREX 2011 wiki) will be used to embody and disseminate task proposals, however, task related discussions should be conducted on the MIREX organization mailing list (EvalFest) rather than on this wiki, but should be summarized here.

Where possible, definitions or example code for new evaluation metrics or tasks should be provided to the IMIRSEL team who will embody them in software as part of the NEMA analytics framework, which will be released to the community at or before ISMIR 2011 - providing a standardised set of interfaces and output to disciplined evaluation procedures for a great many MIR tasks.


Wiki Participation

Please create an account via: Special:Userlogin.

Please note that because of "spam-bots", MIREX wiki registration requests may be moderated by IMIRSEL members. It might take up to 24 hours for approval (Thank you for your patience!).

MIREX 2005 - 2010 Wikis

Content from MIREX 2005 - 2010 are available at:

MIREX 2010 MIREX 2009 MIREX 2008 MIREX 2007 MIREX 2006 MIREX 2005

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