Data Theory

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. After all, it’s called BIG data. This has had understandably gendered connotations in its promotion and reception. I found myself thinking about this problem when I was discussing my summer […]

Gonzo Data Science

Gonzo Data Science

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” “That’s right.” – Sunspring, a film written by AI The term gonzo data science was used by the creator of the AI that was used to write Sunspring. He works at Google. Gonzo journalism was a term coined […]

Back to blogging

Back to blogging

I’m on sabbatical this year. It will officially begin on Tuesday when classes normally start. I’ll be in a cabin in the woods to celebrate. I’m trying to create as many rituals as possible during this year. I want to mark time as clearly as […]

Novel Worlds: Theory + Computation

Novel Worlds: Theory + Computation

I am very excited for our *fifth* (!) annual NovelTM conference coming up this week. The aim of this year’s conferenceĀ is to begin the long overdue conversation between data-driven research and literary scholarship more generally. The particular theme of the conference will centre around the […]

Did we already know that?

Did we already know that?

For anyone who has ever given a talk using computational methods the response, “But didn’t we already know that?”, looms large in your consciousness. Nothing feels more deflating…and frustrating. I always want to respond, well, we believed we knew it and now we have more […]

The Coding Turn in the Humanities

The Coding Turn in the Humanities

As part of my new book, I have made the code and all derived text data freely available online. The underlying text data has been shared as far as copyright restrictions would allow. As I mentioned in my initial post, this entailed a massive amount […]