Category: text analysis

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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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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Interdisciplinary Working Group for Computational Text Analysis Formed at the D-Lab

Text analysis is just one of a variety of methods at the disposal of digital humanists. With the application of computational methods, scholars can perform "distant reading" (Franco Moretti) or "macroanalysis" (Matthew Jockers) of large collections of text, such as a corpus of 2,958 19th century British novels. Robert K.

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Feb. 27 4-6PM: Robert Nelson on Topic Modeling and Textual Analysis of the Civil War

Join us next week for the "Computing and Practice of History" event with Dr. Robert Nelson (Digital Scholarship Lab) as he presents his talk, "Topic Modeling and Textual Analysis of the Civil War." 

When: February 27, 4pm - 6pm

Where: Maude Fife (315 Wheeler Hall), Reception to follow at D-Lab (356 Barrows Hall)


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