Category: The Library

Seminar: Characterization and Gender, 1800-2008


Ted Underwood teaches in the School of Information Sciences and the English Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He was trained as a Romanticist and now applies machine learning to large digital collections. His most recent book, Distant Horizons: Digital Evidence and Literary Change (Univ of Chicago, Spring 2019) addresses new perspectives opened up by large digital libraries.

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Seminar | Quantifying without Computers


Laura McGrath is the Associate Director of the Stanford University Literary Lab and a postdoctoral fellow in English. Her primary interests lie in computational approaches to post45 American fiction. She is at work on a manuscript, a literary history of the agent, entitled Middlemen: Making Literature in the Age of Multimedia Conglomerates. She is also working on a second, trade book called Comps: The Big Data Behind the Book Business.

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MayaLab: Sharing Maya archaeology within and outside the research community

This project will develop a web portal for MayaLab, an international collaborative environment for exploration of the archaeology of the Classic Maya city-state network that developed in Central America between AD 250 and 800, one of the most significant examples of a literate ancient society in the world.

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Predicting Dates of First Publication in the HathiTrust

The rise of large-scale digitized book collections—such as those provided by Google Books, the HathiTrust and the
Internet Archive—is enabling a fundamentally new kind of text analysis that exploits the scale of collections to ask
questions not possible with smaller corpora. Many of these research questions are driven by historically deep textual
collections—corpora that span several decades or centuries in their publication. Moretti (2007) analyzes the changing

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Louisiana Slave Conspiracies

We are a collaborative and multidisciplinary research project dedicated to preserving, digitizing, transcribing, translating, analyzing, and publishing manuscripts related to two slave conspiracies that occurred at the Pointe Coupee Post in 1791 and 1795. We have digitized more than 1800 folio pages in French and Spanish related to these two conspiracies and crowdsourced their transcription and translation. From these sources, we have processed geospatial, demographic, and forensic information relevant to persons, places, and events involved in the conspiracies.

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