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Lexos: Easing Entry to Computational Studies with Digitized Texts

In our experience, scholars who might like to perform computational analysis in their areas of expertise and/or wish to teach their students how to do so become discouraged too early in the game. This workshop will provide hands-on exposure to and practice with the free, open-source, web-based tool Lexos, including course materials that we have used in our interdisciplinary courses; our software is available at our GitHub repo. The workshop goal is to lower the barriers required for computer-assisted text analysis over a broad range of texts, including pre-modern and non-Western languages. Lexos requires no prerequisities to use, in fact a take away from the workshop is to stimulate your ideas for the many different ways to introduce students to computational analyses of texts. Participants are encouraged to arrive with a folder of text files of interest (raw text files, .txt, HTML, or XML required; .pdf and .docx formats are not handled).

Our work on Lexos as an entry-level tool for scholars of digitized texts is presently funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Wheaton College (Norton, MA) and the Center for the Digital Humanities at California State University, Northridge reflects six years of development and testing, including use in our undergraduate classrooms. More information on our successful use in the classroom and in our own research (presently in Beowulf, classical Chinese, Tolkien, Poe, etc.) is available at our website.

This session will be taught by Wheaton College's Michael D.C. Drout, Professor of English, Director of the Center for the Study of the Medieval; Mark D. LeBlanc, Prof. of Computer Science; and Kate Boylan, Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Monday, March 20, 2017
11:00am - 12:30pm
Digital Studio Conference Space
Chestnut Hill Campus
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