Representing stories as interdependent dynamics of character activities and plots: A two-mode network relational event model

AbstractRecent advances in data science and machine learning have enhanced our ability to analyze and understand the structure of social interactions in fictional stories by using formal and quantitative approaches. However, an objective assessment of these aspects of fictional stories remains a relatively new and technically difficult field. In this brief report, we introduce our study in which we modeled story dynamics from a novel perspective.

The problem of microattribution

AbstractMicroattribution is the name of a method which has recently started to be used in the attribution of parts of early modern plays. The method seeks to make authorship attributions by using samples of writing consisting of less than two hundred words. This article argues that the method should not be used, fundamentally because it flouts the well-founded scientific insistence on the sufficiency of sample sizes. The article considers two recent applications of the method, showing that huge amounts of evidence were overlooked which would have invalidated the conclusions drawn.

Knowledge Organization and Cultural Heritage in the Semantic Web – A Review of a Conference and a Special Journal Issue of JLIS

Review of the Knowledge Organization and Cultural Heritage:
Perspectives of the Semantic Web conference held at the Academia Sinica Center for Digital Cultures in Taipei
on June 2, 2016 and a special journal issue of academic papers related to the
conference.

Machine learning, template matching, and the International Tracing Service digital archive: Automating the retrieval of death certificate reference cards from 40 million document scans

AbstractScattered throughout the International Tracing Service (ITS) digital archive, one of the largest and most heterogeneous collections of Holocaust-related material, are hundreds of thousands of reference cards to official death certificates recording a fraction of individuals who perished within concentration camps. These cards represent the most comprehensive collection of digital material pertaining to these death certificates issued by Sonderstandesamt Arolsen, a German civil registry office.

Digital, digitized, and numerical humanities

AbstractThe term ‘digital humanities’ may be understood in three different ways: as ‘digitized humanities’, by dealing essentially with the constitution, management, and processing of digitized archives; as ‘numerical humanities’, by putting the emphasis on mathematical abstraction and the development of numerical and formal models; and as ‘humanities of the digital’, by focusing on the study of computer-mediated interactions and online communities.

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