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date: 24 June 2021

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Machine learning is the capacity of a computational system to learn structure from data in order to make predictions on new data. This chapter draws on music, machine learning, and human-computer interaction to elucidate an understanding of machine learning algorithms as creative tools for music and the sonic arts. It motivates a new understanding of learning algorithms as human-computer interfaces: like other interfaces, learning algorithms can be characterized by the ways their affordances intersect with goals of human users. The chapter also argues that the nature of interaction between users and algorithms impacts the usability and usefulness of those algorithms in profound ways. This human-centred view of machine learning motivates a concluding discussion of what it means to employ machine learning as a creative tool.

Keywords: machine learning, music, creativity support, human-computer interaction, affordances

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