Computer Algorithm Raps Better than a Human Rapper

#Music

Tue, May 26th, 2015 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Technology Review showcases DeepBeat, a computer algorithm that is able to outperform human rappers by 21% in "terms of length and frequency of the rhymes".

The highly structured nature of rap makes it particularly amenable to computer analysis. And that raises an interesting question: if computers can analyze rap lyrics, can they also generate them?

Today, we get an affirmative answer thanks to the work of Eric Malmi at the University of Aalto in Finland and few pals. These guys have trained a machine-learning algorithm to recognize the salient features of a few lines of rap and then choose another line that rhymes in the same way on the same topic. The result is an algorithm that produces rap lyrics that rival human-generated ones for their complexity of rhyme.

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