Textual analysis

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Textual Analysis
The textual analysis working group is engaged in creating modes of analyzing and presenting texts that aid literary and cultural research.

Lead investigator: Neil Coffee
Group members: Susan G. Cole, Jean-Pierre Koenig, Chris Forstall, Katie Lamberto, Walter Scheirer, Roelant Ossewaarde, Shakthi Poornima
Detailed description: The members of the group are engaged in two projects that use basic data mining techniques to better understand and interpret cultural products. The Tesserae Project is a web tool that will present a systematic view of similar phrases in literary texts (beginning with Latin), in order to facilitate research into how authors create meaning through repetition and borrowing from others. Epigraphica Dionysiaca seeks to publish a collection of ancient Greek inscriptions relating to the god Dionysus, with translations, so that these texts can be searched in various ways by those interested in probing more deeply into how this god appeared and was understood in Greek culture. Both projects will require collaboration on how to write search strings for useful textual analysis and how to make tools that invite users and researchers to perform creative and productive investigations.
Planned activities: The working group holds regular meetings.
Textual Analysis at DHCS 2010
Textual Analysis at DHCS 2010

Upcoming Conference Presentations

  • The working group will be presenting two poster/demos at Digital Humanities 2011, June 19–22, at Stanford University.
Coffee, N., Koenig, J.-P., Poornima, S., Forstall, C. and Ossewaarde, R., “The Tesserae Project: Intertextual Analysis of Latin Poetry.”
Forstall, C. and Scheirer, W., “Visualizing sound as functional n-grams in Homeric Greek poetry.”
  • We will be presenting a survey of our work on poetics, titled “Aspects of Digital Criticism: Current Research,” at the E-Poetry 2011 festival here at Buffalo, May 18–21.

Other News

  • Our work with Sarah Jacobson on Paul the Deacon and Catullus will be published in Literary and Linguistic Computing 26(3), 2011, forthcoming in September!

Lecture Series 2011

Large-Scale Text Analysis: Measuring Latin Variation in a Million Books
David Bamman, Perseus Project, Tufts University
Friday, April 8, 2011, 4:30PM
  • We also presented the state of our own work to the UB community:
Designing Intertextual Search
Chris Forstall, Textual Analysis Working Group
Thursday, March 3, 2011, 3:00PM

Recent Conference Presentations

Forstall, C. and Scheirer, W., “A Statistical Stylistic Study of Latin Elegiac Couplets.” View abstract
Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science, Northwestern University
Nov. 21–22, 2010
Forstall, C., Jacobson, S., and Scheirer, W., “Evidence of Intertextuality: Investigating Paul the Deacon’s Angustae Vitae.” View abstract
Digital Humanities 2010, King's College London
July 7–10, 2010

Lecture Series 2010

Features, Frequency, and Fusion: Improving Stylistic Analysis for Poetry
Walter Schierer, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Thursday, April 1, 2010, 4PM
Digital Vellum: reading and editing digital texts
Neel Smith, College of the Holy Cross
Friday, April 16, 2010, 2PM
Lucan's Vergil and Dionysiac Inscriptions: Results from the DHIB Textual Analysis Working Group
A presentation of latest results and work in progress
Friday, April 23, 2010, 3PM
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