Dickens, Austen and Twain, Through a Digital Lens

thelibrarygirl:

Quantitative tools in the humanities and the social sciences, as in other fields, are most powerful when they are controlled by an intelligent human. Experts with deep knowledge of a subject are needed to ask the right questions and to recognize the shortcomings of statistical models.

“You’ll always need both,” says Mr. Jockers, the literary quant. “But we’re at a moment now when there is much greater acceptance of these methods than in the past. There will come a time when this kind of analysis is just part of the tool kit in the humanities, as in every other discipline.”

Digital humanities, folks. (Interesting article, but I have to say, I would have loved to have seen LIS mentioned in this context, too.)

Dickens, Austen and Twain, Through a Digital Lens

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