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10 - Running a Statistics Search

In addition to pattern-based searches, MelodicMatch can also gather musically relevant statistics from a collection of MusicXML files. You can run a Statistics Search in the same folder as an existing pattern-based search very easily: on the File menu, click Clone a New Statistics Search. This should show results similar to those in Figure 1.

Figure 1

Statistics Searches use fewer configuration options than pattern-based searches. Essentially you specify the folder in which your MusicXML files reside and run the search. MelodicMatch will gather statistics from all the files it finds. The panes in the Statistics Search window are populated whenever a staff or file is selected in the tree view, and are empty when a folder is selected. The panes can be summarised as follows.

  • The tree on the left lists the folders, files and staves in the search in exactly the same way as the tree in pattern-based searches.
  • The pane at the top of the middle column lists totals from the selected staff. If you select a file name in the tree view, the totals in this pane will refer to the file overall. The tessitura fields refer to the region of a staff in which the bulk of the pitches lie. These fields are populated only for registered installations of MelodicMatch. This pane shows separate statistics for each voice in the staff.
  • The middle pane lists the bar numbers in which clef, key signature and time signature changes appear. This pane is populated only when you select a staff name in the tree view and remains empty when file names and folder names are selected, because changes to clefs can be specific to individual staves. Key signatures may also be different from one staff to the next, particularly when working with transposing instruments.
  • The lower pane lists the number of notes in each pitch class. These figures can form a basis for comparison of the amount of chromaticism in a staff or file. This pane shows separate statistics for each voice in the staff.
  • The chart in the rightmost column shows the ranges and tessituras of each staff. In staves that have two or more voices, two separate tessitura ranges may appear. The tessitura figures are populated only for registered installations of MelodicMatch.
  • The lower pane lists horizontal intervals between adjacent notes in each staff. Note that this pane lists compound intervals (those greater than one octave) in their simplest form. Therefore, intervals of 1 or 2 octaves will be counted in the unison row. This pane shows separate statistics for each voice in the staff.

This tutorial continues with Working with Display Groups.



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