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Digital Textual Analysis and Voyant Tools

Digital texts create opportunities for large-scale analysis and exploration that are usually impracticable for their analogue counterparts. Word distribution graphs, semantic relationship visualizations, and vocabulary densities can be made in seconds with the correct digital textual analysis tools, and readers can use those to track the currency of phrases and ideas over time, connect themes with unexpected words, and speculate on authorship. 

However, for digital tools to produce useful information about texts, people have to clean and prepare texts carefully beforehand. This crucial but unglamorous aspect of digital textual analysis is often overlooked, and in this workshop participants will first learn how best to prepare texts for specific textual analysis goals. Secondly, they will learn how to use Voyant Tools (voyant-tools.org), a free, web-based suite of textual analysis modules, to ask imaginative questions about texts and complement their close-reading skills.

Please bring a laptop to get the most out of this session. This event is free and no experience with digital humanities is necessary. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, February 13, 2020
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Stokes S476
Chestnut Hill Campus
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Event Organizer

Stephen Sturgeon