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RIA # 105: Dr. Kris Shaffer on Computational Musicology

Dr. Kris Shaffer

On this episode, Katie is joined by Kris Shaffer, Ph.D., a data scientist with a background in computational musicology. Kris currently works as an Instructional Technology Specialist and Adjunct Instructor of Computer Science at the University of Mary Washington. He also does freelance work in web and social-media intelligence, and serves as a volunteer researcher for Data for Democracy. He is a Contributing Editor and Board member for Hybrid Pedagogy and the lead author and editor of Open Music Theory: an open-source, interactive textbook for undergraduate music theory courses.

You can find him on the web at and

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Show Notes

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Segment 1: Computational Musicology [00:00-10:42]

In this first segment, Kris discusses his background in computational musicology.

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Segment 2: Open-source Software Development [10:43-20:50]

In segment two, Kris shares about his motivations for creating open-source software.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 3: New Research Directions [20:51-33:30]

In segment three, Kris shares about his most recent work on hate speech.

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Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-4:41]: The Relationship Between Mathematics and Music

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