Distant Reading + Text Mining: Cameron Blevins

Distant Reading + Text Mining

Cameron BlevinsĀ (PhD Candidate in History) gives an introduction to text mining techniques – with caveats about the challenges of distant reading. If visualizations are a “black box”, Blevins unpacks what goes into the creation of a visualization of textual data. He walks us through the process of a digital text mining project using examples from his own research on the spatial history of the American west using digitized 19th-century newspapers from North Texas.

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