What is “distant reading”? What is “computational analysis” or “algorithmic analysis”? What types of things can be revealed through “text mining” and what might a “visualization” of these discoveries look like? As texts move online, new ways to use them are starting to emerge. Scholars in the humanities are already embracing new methods of inquiry in their traditional fields.
This workshop will provide a brief framework for understanding text as data, but the largest portion will be dedicated to a hands-on exploration using machine algorithms and visualization. Bring your curiosity and your questions - no technical background is required. We will explore challenges inherent to this methodology and strategies to address them.
Questions and discussion are encouraged and skeptics are welcome. If there is enough interest, we will set up consultations to explore tools in an informal setting at a later date.
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