[Humanist] 28.168 text for text mining?
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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 168.
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:14:34 -0500
From: "Drew VandeCreek" <drew at niu.edu>
Subject: text mining
I am a historian trying to figure out how to do text mining. In this case I am working with nineteenth-century American newspapers.
I recently contacted a library that makes a Civil War-era newspaper available in searchable format for use on (brick and mortar) site, and asked them for permission to work with materials from 1861-1865.
I am now making sure that I can be clear about what I am requesting when I follow up with them.
It is my understanding that if a textual resource is to be searched in any effective sense, the software must work with the material in a text format.
Thus, if the lending library presents searchable textual materials, they must have a text-format file on hand.
Should I move forward with this assumption?
Drew E. VandeCreek
Director of Digital Initiatives
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
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