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Some preliminary analysis of the Texas salary-by-major data.
I did a slightly deeper dive into data about the salaries by college majors while working on my new Atlantic article on the humanities crisis . As I say there, the quality of data about salaries by college major has improved dramatically in the last 8 years...
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Mea culpa: there *is a crisis in the humanities*
Back in 2013, I wrote a few blog post arguing that the media was hyperventilating a bout a "crisis" in the humanities, when, in fact, the long term trends were not especially alarming. I made two claims them: 1.  The biggest drop in humanities degrees relat...
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Google Books and the open web.
Historians generally acknowledge that both undergraduate and graduate methods training need to teach students how to navigate and understand online searches. See, for example, this recent article in Perspectives .  Google Books is the most important online ...
Google Books and the open web.
Google Books and the open web.
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Meaning chains with word embeddings
Matthew Lincoln recently put up a Twitter bot that walks through chains of historical artwork by vector space similarity. https://twitter.com/matthewdlincoln/status/1003690836150792192. The idea comes from a Google project looking at paths that traverse sim...
Meaning chains with word embeddings
Meaning chains with word embeddings
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"Peer review" is younger than you think. Does that mean it can change?
This is an incomplete blog post I've had sitting around in some form for a few years; I wanted to post it today because: 1) It's peer review week ! And I just read this nice piece by Ken Wissoker in its defense. 2) There's a conference on argumentation in D...
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Population Density 2: Old and New New England
Digging through old census data, I realized that Wikipedia has some really amazing town-level historical population data, particularly for the Northeast, thanks to one editor in particular typing up old census reports by hand. (And also for French communes,...
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Population Density 1: Do cities have a land area? And a literal use of the Joy Division map
I've been doing a lot of reading about population density cartography recently. With election-map cartography remaining a major issue, there's been lots of discussion of them: and the " Joy Plot " is currently getting lots of attention. So I thought I'd fin...
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What is described as belonging to the "public" versus the "government?"
Robert Leonard has an op-ed in the Times today that includes the following anecdote: Out here some conservatives aren’t even calling them “public” schools
anymore. They call them “government schools,” as in, “We don’t want to
pay for your damn ‘government...
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A brief visual history of MARC cataloging at the Library of Congress.
The Library of Congress has released MARC records that I'll be doing more with over the next several months to understand the books and their classifications. As a first stab, though, I wanted to simply look at the history of how the Library created digital...
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