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Welcome to .txtLAB, a laboratory for cultural analytics at McGill University directed by Andrew Piper. We explore the use of computational and quantitative approaches towards understanding literature and culture in both the past and present. Our aim is to engage in critical and creative uses of the tools of network science, machine learning, or image processing to think about language, literature, and culture at both large and small scale.
Visibility of Knowledge
The Visibility of Knowledge

The Visibility of Knowledge

I am very pleased to announce that our new collaboration with Chad Wellmon and Mohamed Cheriet has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The project is called “The Visibility of Knowledge: The Computational Study of Scientific Illustration in the Long Nineteenth Century.” Our aim is to study how scientific knowledge became...
Footnote Detection

Footnote Detection

What does it take to understand a page visually at the machine level? That is our guiding question and one that we are initially applying to the problem of detecting footnotes in a large corpus of German Enlightenment periodicals. Why footnotes? According to much received literary critical wisdom, one of the defining features of the...