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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.
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Congratulations to this year's .txtLAB interns!

Congratulations to this year’s .txtLAB interns!

The .txtLAB internship program held its end of the semester presentations this past week. Projects ranged from the study of prize-winning novels, comparisons of nineteenth-century histories, novels, and philosophy in three languages, the construction of an iPython notebook for reliably extracting social networks from novels, and finally a study of citation networks between supervisors and their...
The New Young Adult Fiction. More Human, More Me.

The New Young Adult Fiction. More Human, More Me.

What difference does an editor make? This was the question posed by a recent profile of the highly successful editor of young adult fiction, Julie Strauss-Gabel, who manages the imprint Dutton Children’s Books. Her titles have consistently performed well over recent years and it was a timely reminder of the impact that a good editor can...

Weird Idea Wednesday: Are sentences like shopping carts?

I’ve decided to introduce a new series to our lab. It’s called Weird Idea Wednesday and the idea is to throw out something a little whacky but potentially interesting. Our field is in its infancy and there is no road map. Weird ideas have an important role to play, even if they help profile the...
Goodreads v. Amazon

Goodreads v. Amazon

What difference does book-selling make for book reviews? This is the topic of our new paper accepted at the International Conference on Web and Social Media 2015 (ICWSM) that I have co-authored with Stefan Dimitrov and Derek Ruths of the Network Dynamics Lab here at McGill. Looking at 2.5 million reviews from the two platforms, we are...
Modelling Plot: On the "conversional novel"

Modelling Plot: On the “conversional novel”

I am pleased to announce the acceptance of a new piece that will be appearing soon in New Literary History. In it, I explore techniques for identifying narratives of conversion in the modern novel in German, French and English. A great deal of new work has been circulating recently that addresses the question of plot structures within different genres...
.txtLAB Intern Fedor Karmanov speaks at ARIA Event

.txtLAB Intern Fedor Karmanov speaks at ARIA Event

Form .txtLAB intern and current undergraduate RA, Fedor Karmanov, presented his experience as an Arts Research Intern last summer to an audience of over 200 students and faculty last night at a packed event showcasing undergraduate research. As Fedor described his experience, he spent the summer learning about data collection and analysis and taught himself in the process...

Another New Course! Graduate Seminar in “Cultural Analytics” offered this semester

Pleased to announce LLCU 609, “Cultural Analytics: The Computational Study of Culture.” It offers an overview of the field, with an emphasis on text analysis, stylistics, sentiment analysis, topic modelling, social network analysis and visual culture. So far we have eight different disciplines represented in a class of about 18 students. Nice to see how...
.txtLAB Internship Winter 2015

.txtLAB Internship Winter 2015

.txtLAB is offering 3 internships for the Winter Semester available to undergraduate and graduate students. The internships will involve participation in lab research and the creation and completion of individual projects in cultural data mining. The internships will run from Feb. 1 through April 30. Application deadline is January 15, 2015. For more information, please...

PhD Fellowship in German and Digital Humanities @ .txtLAB

As part of the multi-university partnership, “NovelTM: Text Mining the Novel,” .txtLAB is sponsoring a 5 year fellowship open to students with a background in German literature or cultural studies and a demonstrated interest in digital humanities. The fellow will be part of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University and an active...
NovelTM

NovelTM

This partnership brings together 21 researchers and partners from academic and non-academic institutions in order to produce the first large-scale, cross-cultural study of the novel according to quantitative methods. Ever since its putative rise in the eighteenth century, the novel has emerged as a central means of expressing what it means to be modern. And yet...

Early Modern Debates About Gender Equality

I am pleased to announce that .txtLAB will be collaborating with Prof. Marguerite Deslauriers from the Department of Philosophy at McGill. Our project concerns debates about the equality of the sexes in early modern treatises written by both men and women. This project is an Insight Grant funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council...
New Course! Big Data and Literature: Intro to Literary Text Mining

New Course! Big Data and Literature: Intro to Literary Text Mining

I’m posting the syllabus to my new course Introduction to Literary Text Mining for those who are interested. The most challenging part is teaching material that I didn’t experience myself as a student — the easiest, and often the best, way to teach is to build on great seminars you had as a student. Well, this...