DH East Asia Podcast | Listen Notes


Conversations, discussions, and interviews related to the evolving field of digital humanities from the perspective of East Asian studies.
United States
8 episodes
since Jun, 2016


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
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