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Ben Schmidt
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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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The history of looking at data visualizations
One of the interesting things about contemporary data visualization is that the field has a deep sense of its own history, but that historians haven't paid a great deal of attention to it yet. That's changing: I attended a conference at Columbia last weeken...
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Some notes on corpora for diachronic word2vec
I want to post a quick methodological note on diachronic (and other forms of comparative) word2vec models. This is a really interesting field right now. Hamilton et al have a nice paper that shows how to track changes using procrustean transformations: as t...
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OCR failures in 2016
This is a quick digital-humanities public service post with a few sketchy questions about OCR as performed by Google. When I started working intentionally with computational texts in 2010 or so, I spent a while worrying about the various ways that OCR--opti...
OCR failures in 2016
OCR failures in 2016
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