We've Been Mining Data for Decades. How Did We Forget to Theorize It?

Wednesday, 2 October 2013 - 12:00pm1:30pm

Seminar Room 627, Penn Library, 3420 Walnut Street

We've Been Mining Data for Decades. How Did We Forget to Theorize It?

Literary scholar and digital humanist Ted Underwood speaks about the theory and practice of text mining, specifically what it means to do it, the relations between humanistic text analysis and tools developed in other disciplines, and some of the limits and possibilities of the methodology. Using corpora of thousands of books, Underwood has explored the meaning of literary genre across the long nineteenth century.