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Validity

A lot of discussion around Matt Jockers’ Syuzhet package (involving Annie Swafford, Ted Underwood, Andrew Piper, Scott Weingart and many others) has focused on issues of validity — whether sentiment analysis is accurate enough for the task, whether the Fourier transform is an appropriate method for dimensionality reduction, whether the emotional trajectories themselves are valid measurements of anything at all (Scott has …

Unsupervised Discovery of Biographical Structure in Text

In chronicling the events in a set of individuals’ lives, encyclopedic biographies — from Plutarch’s Parallel Lives to Wikipedia — provide an extraordinary amount of information detailing how the lives of the historically famous unfold. The life events described in these texts have natural structure: events exhibit correlations with each other (e.g., those who divorce must have been married), can …

11K Latin Texts

Here’s a bunch of OCR’d Latin texts from the Internet Archive used in our JCDL 2011 and JoCCH 2012 papers (see below). These are all texts that have been identified as being written primarily in Latin (via automatic language ID on the text of the book + manual confirmation). The data released here consists of the entire books, not just …