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The methodologies we argue about, and the ones we use quietly.:

The methodologies we argue about, and the ones we use quietly. Ted Underwood Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Distant reading:

Distant reading Close reading Aestheticism. Scientism.

There are other methodologies we all use, but never argue about.:

There are other methodologies we all use, but never argue about.

Why not?:

Why not? Search engines don’t actually change our research. They’re so transparent that they hardly count as a “methodology” at all. They just sort relevant sources from unimportant ones. Actually, search only seems transparent because we don’t know how it works.

In other words, our discipline started doing quantitative data mining in the 90s,:

In other words, our discipline started doing quantitative data mining in the 90s, and completely forgot to argue about it.

Heuristic: a technique that guides and abbreviates a problem-solving process.:

Heuristic : a technique that guides and abbreviates a problem-solving process.

A common form of search.:

A common form of search. sensation sense so Wollstonecraft Vindication 12 18 152 Darwin Zoonomia 18 15 177 Burney Evelina 6 34 221 query 1 1 0 adjust to compensate for the relative ubiquity of each word

A common form of search.:

A common form of search. sensation sense so Wollstonecraft Vindication 12 / 10 = 1.2 18/ 12 = 1.5 152 / 100 = 1.5 Darwin Zoonomia 18 / 10 = 1.8 15 / 12 = 1.25 177 / 100 = 1.77 Burney Evelina 6 / 10 = .6 34 / 12 = 2.83 221 / 100 = 2.21 query 1 1 0 compare rows to query

What else could we do with this?:

What else could we do with this? sensation sense so Wollstonecraft Vindication 12 18 152 Darwin Zoonomia 18 15 177 Burney Evelina 6 34 221 compare columns instead?

A measure of two words’ tendency to appear in the same contexts:

A measure of two words’ tendency to appear in the same contexts Topic Modeling

What if we mapped an archive, not by author, or by our own “subject categories,” but simply by clustering words that occur together? (this is based on 2,193 eighteenth-century volumes):

What if we mapped an archive, not by author, or by our own “subject categories,” but simply by clustering words that occur together? (this is based on 2,193 eighteenth-century volumes)

Things that don’t immediately make sense are often useful leads.:

Things that don’t immediately make sense are often useful leads. Late -18c novels, including: Burney, Cecilia (1782) “ “ “ , Evelina (1779) Carey, Village Courtship (1779) Inchbald , A Simple Story (1791) Goldsmith, Vicar of Wakefield (1766) Walpole, Castle of Otranto (1765) Smith, Celestina (1791) Inchbald , Nature and Art (1796)

Temporal framing and emotional intensity in Burney, Cecilia.:

Temporal framing and emotional intensity in Burney, Cecilia. At that moment Sir Robert himself burst into the room ... (367) Cecilia ... protested she would go instantly to Mr. Briggs ... (371) In the cruellest anxiety and trepidation, Cecilia then counted every moment till Delvile came.... The instant there was a knock at the door, she flew out upon the stairs to listen ... (613-14).

So is this distant reading or close reading?:

So is this distant reading or close reading?

How this differs from unaided search.:

How this differs from unaided search. Evaluation of gene-expression clustering via mutual information distance measure. Priness I, Maimon O, Ben-Gal I.;  BMC Bioinformatics. 2007 Mar 30;8(1): 111

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Why not also to confirm them?:

Why not also to confirm them?

We’ve been using numbers for 20 years, in an unreflective way.:

We’ve been using numbers for 20 years, in an unreflective way. What’s happening now is that we’re learning to use them in a wider variety of self-conscious ways. You can do it yourself if you like.

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