Monthly Archives: June 2017

Podcast 8: Paul Vierthaler on text analysis and stylometry

This episode is an interview with Paul Vierthaler on how he has used text mining and analysis with large corpora of pre-modern Chinese literature. Paul discusses how and why he learned how to code – while in the middle of dissertation writing – and how he integrated what he found into a broader quantitative-qualitative project. He then outlines his latest research, which uses sequence alignment and stylometry to analyze and guess the authors of a wide swath of anonymously and pseudonymously authored books written in late imperial China.

Relevant links:
Paul’s website
Leiden Centre for Digital Humanities
Fiction and history: polarity and stylistic gradience in late imperial Chinese literature (article on cultural analytics written by Paul)
Analyzing printing trends in late imperial China using large bibliometric datasets (another article written by Paul)
Ten thousand rooms project
China Biographical Database

Podcast 7: Ruth Mostern on digital mapping and spatial histories

In this episode, Ruth Mostern reflects on graduate training – including her own and various influences – and her earlier projects related to Song dynasty gazetteers. She then discusses her more recent work on large-scale and long-term spatial histories, including the massive Yellow River project (an environmental history spanning 5,000 years of time) and the recently-funded world-historical “gazetteer” project.

Relevant links:
The Digital Gazetteer of the Song Dynasty
Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI)
Perseus Digital Library
UC Merced SpARC
Pelagios Commons
Pitt World History Center