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The Musical Mood of the Country

This morning the New York Times published a story today about a group of mathematicians who are counting types of words in popular songs in order to get a handle on something like the mood of the country. In trying to data-mine mood, they do what all people who count things do: move from something […]

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King or no [King]

A discussion of what a “superficial” indicator of literary genre might be — for example, the word “King” in the speech prefixes of Shakespeare’s histories — and why might or might not want to exclude such indicators in the statistical study of genres.

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