About this Blog-like Thing

September 01, 2016

Since the late 1990s, the business world and academia alike have seen the rise of the data scientist.

The Alice Problem

December 01, 2016

Not very long ago, one of my colleagues hired a programmer for his institution's digital humanities initiative. In advertising the position, he designed a set of three challenges designed to test candidates for baseline competency with programming as it might apply to the humanities.

Diagnosis: Neologophobia

June 01, 2017

With the spring semester over, I've been coming back to a project I haven't worked on in almost a year. It originated with my collaboration with Alex Gladwin and Dan Look on H.P. Lovecraft's role in revising C.M. Eddy's "The Loved Dead."

Computational Methods in Authorship Studies

September 06, 2017

What follows is a copy of my remarks from a talk at Duquesne University in February 2017. I wanted to share these now because I'm starting to think once again about the topic I discussed and I wanted to revisit past work before moving forward. Where necessary, I've added images from the accompanying slideshow.

Book Reviews as Data

October 03, 2017

In May of 1905, a review of <em>The Troll Garden</em>, Willa Cather&rsquo;s first published collection of short stories, appeared in The New York Times. The title of the review is &quot;Promising Stories&quot; and the length is three paragraphs, or what seems to be a rather short notice when we compare it to reviews of <em>The Troll Garden</em> from <em>Harper&rsquo;s Weekly</em>, <em>Bookman</em>, or <em>Atlantic Monthly</em>

Terms and Conditions for a Culture of Open Data

December 27, 2017

This post is response to Andrew Piper&#39;s recent &quot;An Open Letter to the MLA&quot; (12/21/2017), as well as a response to some of the reaction it generated on Twitter.