Category: computational methods

DH Fellows Rochelle Terman and Laura Stoker Develop New Computational Tools and Techniques Course

Cory Merill presenting

In Fall 2015, DH Fellows Rochelle Terman, PhD Candidate in Political Science, and Laura Stoker, Associate Professor in Political Science, introduced a new interdisciplinary course, “Political Science 239T: Introduction to Computational Tools and Techniques for Social Research,” with support from a Digital Humanities at Berkeley new course component grant.

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DH on the Syllabus: Courses from Fall 2015 and Spring 2016

Across departments, instructors are experimenting with different ways to incorporate digital humanities methods and critical perspectives into undergraduate and graduate courses. Students are engaging with the digital by exploring computational methods, building models and reconstructions, and developing theoretical critiques and artistic creations. Below, we highlight a few current and upcoming courses taught by DH Fellows and other campus partners.

Fall 2015

The first set of courses featuring new components funded by DH at Berkeley made their debut this fall.

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Introducing the Literature and Digital Humanities Working Group

As of Fall 2015, we are pleased to introduce the Literature and Digital Humanities working group, which we warmly invite you all to join. The group assumes absolutely no prior knowledge of, or experience with, the digital humanities, and is aimed at an introductory level — we will be offering a combination of faculty project presentations and hands-on DH trainings.

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Python in Service of the Beautiful and Weird: Kyle Booten Teaches "Poetry and Technology: A Digital Verse Lab"

Screenshot: "STATE OF nature," a digital poem, uses agnet-based modeling and natural language processing to tell the story of the eve or twiligh tof a civilization. According to the non-deterministic algorithms, people have children, steal, kill, create and use simple tools, give gifts, and invent religions. Virus-like, these beliefs mutate over time as the civilization grows and language spreads.

This summer, Kyle Booten, Ph.D. candidate in Education with a designated emphasis in New Media, explored the fundamentals of Python programming through digital poetry with his undergraduate students. Meeting for six short weeks at the Berkeley Center for New Media, “Poetry and Technology: A Digital Verse Lab” students worked together in groups to produce works of digital poetry.

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Professor Marti Hearst Presents Keynote on Education and NLP at Association for Computational Linguistics Conference

Screenshot of Wordcraft game depicting a 5 word sentence game

Marti Hearst, Professor of Information and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, recently presented a keynote titled, “Can Natural Language Processing Become Natural Language Coaching?” at the annual meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics. Hosted in Beijing, this year’s conference attracted 950 attendees.

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Fall 2015 Digital Humanities Courses

We are pleased to announce the first set of courses supported by Digital Humanities at Berkeley New Course Component grants. These classes showcase the innovative ways that instructors have embedded digital humanities skills into disciplinary practices and offer students the opportunity to work with a variety of digital tools and methods. Instructors will be collaborating with campus partners, such as the Archaeological Resource Facility (ARF), the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT), and the Visual Resources Center (VRC).

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Course Spotlight: PS239T, An Introduction to Computational Tools and Techniques for Social Science Research

A network visualization

This Fall, Political Science Ph.D. Candidate Rochelle Terman wants to expose other graduate students to a broad palette of useful digital humanities tools in the hopes that they will be encouraged to make use of new methods in their own research.

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