[Humanist] 24.723 digital humanities as topic model

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Sat Feb 19 10:05:17 CET 2011

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 723.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:04:37 -0800 (PST)
        From: Elijah Meeks <emeeks at stanford.edu>
        Subject: The Digital Humanities as Topic Model
        In-Reply-To: <1632564316.353249.1297987277216.JavaMail.root at zm07.stanford.edu>

Earlier I asked for a sample of papers dealing with the definition of the Digital Humanities and/or Humanities Computing.  With the help of MALLET and Gephi, I walked through the process of creating topic networks and dealt a bit with their possible uses.  I've also posted all the data I used if one wants to load up the resulting graphs or dig into the raw MALLET output, along with a few visualizations.  The purpose of this exercise was to examine and illustrate the process and output of topic modeling, which is new to me, and so I'm sure the more veteran among you will think my setup rather unsophisticated.  Though I deal a little bit with network analytical concepts like centrality, I really am not making any claims about particular papers or blog posts to be central to the Digital Humanities, and I studiously avoided that form of analysis, which I think would be unwise given the rough nature of the thing.  Still, I found the results very interesting and would love to hear any comments they might elicit.


All the best and thanks to everyone who sent me suggestions for papers,

Elijah Meeks
Digital Humanities Specialist
Academic Computing Services
Stanford University
emeeks at stanford.edu

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