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Here, for ease of navigation, is a list of all posts on the blog. Most are by Michael Witmore, some are by Jonathan Hope, and there are a few guest posts.

They are listed here in reverse chronological order (most recent to oldest).

This is a blog, not a refereed journal, so the material here is mixed. Some posts are written with a public audience in mind; others are repositories of links and material; others are more like notes to ourselves. Posts record what we thought at the time of posting: let’s hope we know better now, eh? [JH]


Data and Metadata

Beth Ralston and Jonathan Hope (2015/07/09) – first release of spreadsheets with the VEP drama corpus metadata and Docuscope       frequencies


Now Read This: A Thought Experiment

Michael Witmore (2015/04/05) Three ways of “getting at genre”: expert report, quantitative description of linguistic patterns, and biological response.

Mapping the ‘Whole’ of Early Modern Drama

 Beth Ralston and Jonathan Hope (2015/03/26) Results of PCA experiments on Early Modern Drama corpus.

‘the size of it all carries us along’ – a new kind of literary history?

 Jonathan Hope (2014/11/30) Materials to support Hope’s presentations at Helsinki Collegium Big Data Event 1-2 December 2014.

The Novel and Moral Philosophy 3: What Does Lennox Do with Moral Philosophy Words?

 Julie Park (2014/10/26) Witmore’s interpretation of the differences between the two topical fields we are associating with the novel and moral philosophy.

The Novel and Moral Philosophy 2: Telling and Feeling, Aunts and Letters

Julie Park (2014/10/25) Discussion of the eighteenth-century novel and Lennox’s Euphemia in the context of Serendip analysis.

The Novel and Moral Philosophy 1: What does Charlotte Lennox have to do with Adam Smith?

Eric Alexander and Michael Witmore (2014/10/23) Introducing Serendip, our topic model software – and looking for the language of the novel.

Digital approaches to the language of Shakespearean tragedy

Jonathan Hope (2014/09/09) Materials to support our paper in the Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy

Adjacencies, virtuous and vicious, and the forking paths of library research

Michael Witmore  (2014/07/08) Browsing in open-stack libraries, PCA, subject classification, topic models

Quantification and the language of later Shakespeare

Jonathan Hope (2014/05/07)  Links to Jonathan Hope et Michael Witmore, « Quantification and the language of later Shakespeare », Actes des congrès de la Société française Shakespeare, 31 | 2014, 123-149   (see the publications page for a full list of publications)

Hamlet in five words

Jonathan Hope (2014/05/06)  Links to Jonathan Hope and Michael Witmore, ‘Hamlet in five words’ on The Globe’s Globe to Globe Hamlet blog  (see the publications page for a full list of publications)

Scotland’s Collections and the Digital Humanities

Jonathan Hope (2014/05/01)  Collection of links for those starting in DH

The Future of the Humanities will be Demand-Led

Michael Witmore (2014/03/31) “the driver of humanistic thinking will be people – all kinds of people – who are puzzled by the mysteries of being human and want to talk about them”.


Jonathan Hope (2014/03/07)  Notes and references for a series of presentations by Hope, April-July 2014. Library and information science; hyperdimensional geometry; pictures of kittens.

#MuchAdo #AboutData

Jonathan Hope, Emma Pallant, Heather Froehlich (2014/03/05)   Exchanges with Emma Pallant as she rehearses Much Ado

Macbeth: The State of Play

Jonathan Hope (2014/02/20)  Publication details for Hope and Witmore, 2014, ‘The language of Macbeth’ in Ann Thompson (ed.), Macbeth: The State of Play (London: Arden)  (see the publications page for a full list of publications)

Visualising English Print 1530-1800, Genre Contents of the Corpus

Michael Witmore (2013/12/12)  Overview of genre in the VEP test corpus

Visualising English Print 1530-1800: The Corpus, Tag Sets, and Topics

Michael Witmore (2013/11/27)  VEP test corpus: VARD

Manuscript Average

Michael Witmore (2013/07/20) A link to a post by Jesse Hurlbut about examining manuscript pages as image aggregates.

Fuzzy Structuralism

Michael Witmore  (2013/07/20)

An Ecology of Critical Gestures: Point, Circle and Name

Michael Witmore  (2013/02/17)

New Image from Original Post from Google Books

Michael Witmore  (2013/02/01) An image showing changes in the catalogued subject of Library of Congress books over the course of several hundred years, supplied by John Orwant from Google.

What Is Influence?

Jonathan Hope (2013/01/29)  How can we ‘count’ influence? Below the line contributions from Jockers and Underwood

What Happens in Hamlet?

Jonathan Hope  (2012/08/17)   Pronouns in Hamlet

What Do People read During a Revolution?

Michael Witmore, Robin Valenza   (2012/07/11)

The Time Problem: Rigid Classifiers, Classifier Postmarks

Michael Witmore  (2012/04/16)

Google Books: Ratio of Inked Space to Blank Space

Michael Witmore   (2012/04/14)

Shakespeare’s mythic vocabulary – and his invisible grammar

Jonathan Hope  (2012/02/14)   Reports work on Shakespeare’s vocabulary by Hugh Craig, Elliott and Valenza

The very strange language of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Jonathan Hope  (2012/02/06 )  Why is the language of MSND unlike that of other plays?

What did Stanley Fish count, and when did he start counting it?

Michael Witmore  (2012/01/27)

Visualising linguistic variation with LATtice

Anupam Basu (2011/11/29)    Download LATtice!

Tokens of impersonation in Dekker’s City Comedies

Mattie Burkert (2011/11/19)

Finding the Sherlock in Shakespeare: some ideas about prose genre and linguistic uniqueness

Victor Lenthe  (2011/10/29)

Why the difference? Accounting for variation between Folio and Globe editions of Shakespeare’s plays

Jason Whitt   (2011/10/21)

The comic ‘I’ and the tragic ‘we’?

Jonathan Hope (2011/10/21)   Genre and pronouns

Phylogenetic influence

Jonathan Hope  (2011/05/12)   Can we use biological models in linguistic analysis?

The ancestral text

Michael Witmore  (2011/05/09)

Lost books, “Missing Matter”, and the Google 1-gram corpus

Michael Witmore  (2011/01/03)

Text: a massively addressable object

Michael Witmore (2010/12/31)

Text as probability clouds

Michael Witmore   (2010/12/26)

Google n-grams and philosophy: use versus mention

Michael Witmore  (2010/12/17)

Shakespeare Quarterly article goes live

Michael Witmore  (2010/10/22) (see the publications page for a full list of publications)

Adding knobs to the analysis

Michael Witmore  (2010/10/18)

Shakespeare Quarterly 61.3 Figures

Michael Witmore  (2010/09/09)  (see the publications page for a full list of publications)

Shakespeare out of place?

Michael Witmore   (2010/09/03)

Crowdsourced peer review in NY Times

Michael Witmore  (2010/08/24)

Penalty kicks and distributed movement

Michael Witmore   (2010/07/29)

Genre dependence on character ideolects?

Mike Stumpf   (2010/07/29)

Presentation at London Forum for Authorship Studies/Digital Text and Scholarship seminar

Michael Witmore   (2010/05/27)

Docuscope goes live on Shakespeare Quarterly open peer review

Michael Witmore   (2010/03/14)

Early and late Plato II: The Apology and The Timaeus

Michael Witmore   (2010/03/14)

Platonic dialogues and the ‘Two Socrates’

Michael Witmore  (2010/02/03)

The funniest thing Shakespeare wrote? 767 pieces of the plays

Michael Witmore  (2010/01/15)

Clustering the plays without Principal Components

Michael Witmore  (2009/12/15)

Shakespearean dendrograms

Michael Witmore   (2009/11/29)

Local versus diffused variation; the Hinman collator

Michael Witmore  (2009/11/25)

Pre-digital iteration: the Lindstrand Comparator

Michael Witmore   (2009/11/08)

Edward III, Shakespearean trigrams, and Trillin’s Derivatives

Michael Witmore  (2009/10/14)

Rhythm quants: Burial, click tracks, genre tempo

Michael Witmore   (2009/10/05)

Keeping the game in your head: David Ortiz

Michael Witmore   (2009/09/29)

Four-syllable rock n’ roll

Michael Witmore   (2009/09/21)

Texts as objects II: Object Oriented Philosophy. And Criticism?

Michael Witmore  (2009/09/17)

Texts as objects I: Object Oriented Philosophy. And Criticism?

Michael Witmore   (2009/09/11)

More Shakespeare outliers

Michael Witmore   (2009/09/09)

Comic Twelfth Night, Tragic Othello (part III)

Michael Witmore   (2009/08/20)

The musical mood of the country

Michael Witmore   (2009/08/06)

Comic Twelfth Night, Tragic Othello (part II)

Michael Witmore  (2009/08/02)

Comic Twelfth Night, Tragic Othello (part I)

Michael Witmore   (2009/07/31)

Love’s Labour’s Lost: the History

Michael Witmore  (2009/07/20)

An untimely piece of Richard II

Michael Witmore   (2009/07/08)

A genre map of Shakespeare’s plays from the First Folio (1623)

Michael Witmore  (2009/07/07)

Spectralism, Maya Lin show at Corcoran

Michael Witmore  (2009/07/03)

King or no [King]

Michael Witmore  (2009/07/02)

The plunge

Michael Witmore  (2009/06/22) Introduction to the nature of the winedarksea.


One Comment

  1. Posted September 28, 2014 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Hi Michael,

    I am a media studies grad at the New School and I came to the 2014 Project Directors Meeting a couple of weeks back and am thankful for your insights.

    Right now I am in a Transforming Data course, which is teaching us about accessing data banks with Python for our research purposes. Concurrently with this course I am also in an Archives Studies course which is covering Derrida and Michel Foucault, and that’s when I ran into this quote from his Archaeology of Knwledge and The Discourse on Language.

    “But the archive is also that which determines that all these things said do not accumulate endlessly in an amorphous mass, nor are they inscribed in an unbroken linearity, nor do they disappear at the mercy of chance external accidents; but they are grouped together in distinct figures, composed together in accordance with multiple relations, maintained or blurred in accordance with specific regularities, that which determines that they do not withdraw at the same pace in time, but shine, as it were, like stars, some that seem close to us shining brightly from afar off, while others that are in fact close to use are already growing pale.”

    It was in front of mind. Thought you may find it interesting/useful as it relates to your comments regarding proximity of “things in the library.”

    I also want to let you know that your comment regarding learning tech and math resonated with me and I now accept that as a good necessity rather than a burden.

    Thanks again,

    The New School, Media Studies Department M.A.

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