Measuring Bias in Literary Classification

Measuring Bias in Literary Classification

I have a new paper out with former student Sunyam Bagga for the latest proceedings of the Joint SIGHUM Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, Humanities and Literature (LatechCLFL). For those who are working on computational text analysis of historical documents I 

Counting and Reading

Counting and Reading

I recently wrote a reflection piece on the relationship between quantity and reading for a new volume on “Further Reading” by Leah Price and Matthew Rubery. The collection contains a number of amazing contributions and I encourage you to have a look. In my piece 

Covid and Cultural Analytics

Covid and Cultural Analytics

If you’re like me, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed right now. Continuing to do academic research in this climate is very hard, to say the least. But if you’re like me, you’ve probably also asked yourself more than a few times, is there something I can 

Let’s talk about debiasing books

Let’s talk about debiasing books

This March I will be giving a talk at BookNet Canada’s TechForum. The topic is “debiasing” books and I’ve posted a short blog post to get the conversation started. Discussions of bias, and cultural bias in particular, have been much in the air lately. A 

All about topic modeling

All about topic modeling

For the latest instalment of the Fish and the Painting I have been wrestling with topic modeling. I say wrestling not because the coding is hard but because the analytical value of topic modeling is so hard. Topic modeling has become a kind of go-to 

Introducing The Fish and the Painting: a new open access handbook-in-progress on data-driven humanities research

Introducing The Fish and the Painting: a new open access handbook-in-progress on data-driven humanities research

It’s like hitting a painting with a fish. This was the quip that a well-known British novelist made when asked about using computation to study literature. You could, but why would you? I think it’s becoming increasingly clear to people all of the ways data 

The Politics of the Mirage

The Politics of the Mirage

In 1967, Guy Debord published The Society of the Spectacle. In it, he tried to show us how virtual real life had become, that is, the extent to which social and political life was increasingly dominated by media and mediation. The recent Canadian election made 

Does size matter? Measuring worlding

Does size matter? Measuring worlding

A lot of the hoopla around big data has revolved around a hierarchy of scale. Many businesses and organizations don’t quite understand how much data is required for their needs. More often than not, they need to find the best residential proxy that will be