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Welcome to MIREX 2014

This is the main page for the tenth running of the Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange (MIREX 2014). 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 2014.

The MIREX 2014 community will hold its annual meeting as part of The 15th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval, ISMIR 2014, which will be held in Taipei, Taiwan, the 27-31 October, 2014. The MIREX plenary and poster sessions will be held during the conference.

J. Stephen Downie
Director, IMIRSEL

Task Leadership Model

Like ISMIR 2013, we are prepared to improve the distribution of tasks for the upcoming MIREX 2014. To do so, we really need leaders to help us organize and run each task.

To volunteer to lead a task, please add your name to the "Captains" column on the new 2014:Task Captains page. Please direct any communication to the EvalFest mailing list.

What does it mean to lead a task?

  • Update wiki pages as needed
  • Communicate with submitters and troubleshooting submissions
  • Execution and evaluation of submissions
  • Publishing final results

Due to the proprietary nature of much of the data, the submission system, evaluation framework, and most of the datasets will continue to be hosted by IMIRSEL. However, we are prepared to provide access to task organizers to manage and run submissions on the IMIRSEL systems.

We really need leaders to help us this year!

MIREX 2014 Deadline Dates

This year, we have different deadlines for different tasks:


  • July 16th 2014 extended to August 16th 2014
  • August 16th 2014
    • Audio Classification (Train/Test) Tasks
    • Audio K-POP Genre Classification
    • Audio Music Similarity and Retrieval
    • Symbolic Melodic Similarity
    • Structural Segmentation
    • Audio Tempo Estimation


  • September 16th 2014
    • Audio Tag Classification
    • Audio Onset Detection
    • Audio Beat Tracking
    • Audio Key Detection
    • Multiple Fundamental Frequency Estimation & Tracking
    • Real-time Audio to Score Alignment (a.k.a Score Following)
    • Audio Cover Song Identification
    • Discovery of Repeated Themes & Sections
    • Audio Melody Extraction
    • Query by Singing/Humming
    • Query by Tapping
    • Audio Chord Estimation
    • Audio Downbeat Estimation
    • Audio Fingerprinting


  • September 21st 2014
    • Grand Challenge on User Experience


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.

MIREX 2014 Submission Instructions

MIREX 2014 Possible Evaluation Tasks


Note to New Participants

Please take the time to read the following review articles that explain 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

Downie, J. Stephen, Andreas F. Ehmann, Mert Bay and M. Cameron Jones. (2010).
The Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange: Some Observations and Insights.
Advances in Music Information Retrieval Vol. 274, pp. 93-115
Available at: http://bit.ly/KpM5u5

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 2014 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 2014 poster session at ISMIR 2014

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 2014, 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 2014

MIREX is a community-based endeavour. Be a part of the community and help make MIREX 2014 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 2014 tasks. Subscription information at: EvalFest Central.

If you are participating in MIREX 2014, 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 2014 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 2014 - providing a standardised set of interfaces and output to disciplined evaluation procedures for a great many MIR tasks.


Wiki Participation

If you find that you cannot edit a MIREX wiki page, you will need to create a new 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 - 2013 Wikis

Content from MIREX 2005 - 2013 are available at: MIREX 2013 MIREX 2012 MIREX 2011 MIREX 2010 MIREX 2009 MIREX 2008 MIREX 2007 MIREX 2006 MIREX 2005

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