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WordSeer 2: Test users wanted

A new version of WordSeer is in the works. It’s been guided by the advice of our long-suffering literature-scholar collaborators. And by the tales of frustration and trial-and-error of the students of the┬áHamlet class who tried to use WordSeer to

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WordSeer: Exploring Language Use in Slave Narratives

More and more source text in the humanities gets digitized every day, making it accessible to large scale computational analysis. Nevertheless, traditional methods of humanistic analysis are based on detailed arguments built upon on close readings of individual texts. How

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Extracting Social Networks from 19th Century Novels

This year’s conference of the Association for Computational Linguistics, the most prestigious event in computational linguistics, had a paper that got me very excited. It’s called Extracting Social Networks from Literary Fiction [pdf], and here’s the abstract (emphasis added): We

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Text mining 19th century novels with the Stanford Literature Lab

Yesterday, I attended a group meeting with the Literature Lab at Stanford University’s English Department, where they presented some very cool new results on mining 19th Century British and American novels. The lab, fresh on its feet, is headed by

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A text miner’s revelation: how historians use text

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Historians seem to use text in two ways, the first is to get an idea of what’s out there, the same way all researchers use the literature in their fields. The second is as evidence – what traces might have an event, personal characteristic, impression, or anything else, have left in textual records from around that time?

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