Can We Detect Harmony in Artistic Compositions? A Machine Learning Approach

Adam Vandor, Marie Van Vollenhoven, Gerhard Weiss, Gerasimos Spanakis

Abstract

Harmony in visual compositions is a concept that cannot be defined or easily expressed mathematically, even by humans. The goal of the research described in this paper was to find a numerical representation of artistic compositions with different levels of harmony. We ask humans to rate a collection of grayscale images based on the harmony they convey. To represent the images, a set of special features were designed and extracted. By doing so, it became possible to assign objective measures to subjectively judged compositions. Given the ratings and the extracted features, we utilized machine learning algorithms to evaluate the efficiency of such representations in a harmony classification problem. The best performing model (SVM) achieved 80% accuracy in distinguishing between harmonic and disharmonic images, which reinforces the assumption that concept of harmony can be expressed in a mathematical way that can be assessed by humans.

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in Harvard Style

Vandor A., Van Vollenhoven M., Weiss G. and Spanakis G. (2021). Can We Detect Harmony in Artistic Compositions? A Machine Learning Approach.In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Volume 2: ICAART, ISBN 978-989-758-484-8, pages 187-195. DOI: 10.5220/0010244901870195


in Bibtex Style

@conference{icaart21,
author={Adam Vandor and Marie Van Vollenhoven and Gerhard Weiss and Gerasimos Spanakis},
title={Can We Detect Harmony in Artistic Compositions? A Machine Learning Approach},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Volume 2: ICAART,},
year={2021},
pages={187-195},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0010244901870195},
isbn={978-989-758-484-8},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Volume 2: ICAART,
TI - Can We Detect Harmony in Artistic Compositions? A Machine Learning Approach
SN - 978-989-758-484-8
AU - Vandor A.
AU - Van Vollenhoven M.
AU - Weiss G.
AU - Spanakis G.
PY - 2021
SP - 187
EP - 195
DO - 10.5220/0010244901870195