Text Analysis.

In addition to Jockers’ Macroanalysis, which is a formidable work with a huge number of texts, we’re reading a short blog post by Cameron Blevins about topic modeling Martha Ballard’s diary.

This is an example of the sort of small scale, but potentially helpful interventions that humanists can do quite easily with some existing packages.

We’re going to do some topic modeling in class using R and Mallet; I’ll have some sets of text build up that you can work with, but it will be extra useful if–like Blevins–you’re able to find some text collection of your own that you can work with. If you have one or an idea for one, let me know and we can figure out how to get it ready for class.

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