Beyond validation: Using programmed diagnostics to learn about, monitor, and successfully complete your DH project

AbstractDigital humanities projects have long relied on various schema languages—chiefly, RELAX NG and Schematron—for validating the XML documents in their data collections; however, these languages are limited in their ability to check for consistency, coherence, and completeness across the entire project. In our work as part of “Endings”, an umbrella project that comprises four diverse digital edition projects from different fields, we have developed a methodology for checking and enforcing correctness, completeness, and coherence across the entire document set.

Digital nudges and dark patterns: The angels and the archfiends of digital communication

AbstractNudging is simply guiding people behaviors by the use of user-interface and design elements in digital environments. Today, many decisions are made in online environments. Gaining insights about digital nudging can greatly help communicators, policy makers, and designers lead users to make the most desirable choice for them and/or for the wealth of the society as well.

Searching for Thomas Nashe in Dido, Queen of Carthage

AbstractThe title page of the 1594 Quarto text of Dido, Queen of Carthage assigns the play to two authors: Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Nashe. Some scholars, such as J. P. Collier, F. G. Fleay, Alexander Grosart, Tucker Brooke, and Thomas Merriam, have argued that Marlowe and Nashe co-authored the play, or that Nashe added significant material to Marlowe’s text. This article assesses the internal evidence for Nashe’s hand in the play by examining its prosody, vocabulary, phraseology, rhyming habits, and stage directions in comparison to works ascribed to Nashe and Marlowe.

Epic social networks and Eve's centrality in Milton’s Paradise Lost

AbstractIn this article, we analyze the social networks of Paradise Lost at multiple scales of analysis: from the whole poem, down to the level of the individual book and character, and also through quantitative analysis of social network analysis metrics, to understand from multiple angles how network structure can inflect the plot and the effects of relationships between characters. In the case of Eve, our multiscaled analysis reveals her complex role binding together her social world in ways not previously considered.

A case study in text mining: Textual analysis of the Territorial Papers

AbstractThe Territorial Papers of the United States are a valuable and underused resource containing almost 10,000 documents written between 1789 and 1848 about the formation of new sovereign states from US territory. These communications between the federal government and frontier settlers comprise the actual discourse of the nation’s expansion over six decades. Digitizing the Territorial Papers permits the possibility of analyzing the entire corpus globally.

Linguistic characteristics of Chinese register based on the Menzerath—Altmann law and text clustering

AbstractThis article explores the linguistic features of different registers in Chinese through text clustering driven by the Menzerath–Altmann (MA) law. We propose to calculate the average word length distribution according to clause length. The MA law predicts that texts from different registers will show differences in terms of average word length distribution in texts. As predicted by the MA law, analysis result demonstrates that average word length decreases with the increase of clause length in each register and that their relationship can be fitted by the formula y = axbe-cx.

Beyond digitization? Digital humanities and the case of Hebrew literature

AbstractThis short article discusses whether it matters if non-computational colleagues fail to understand our (i.e. the digital humanists) work. The case study of the article is Hebrew literature and its community of scholars: surprisingly, despite the fact that the initial conditions are promising, it would appear that the digital humanities do not find access into the departments of Hebrew literature and the journals dedicated to it easy to come by.


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