Office Hours: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00pm, SSC 1004 or by appointment
The essay assignment is a 2500-word paper on a specific topic using tools that were introduced in class to augment traditional historical research practices. You will use the computational analysis of sources to support or question claims made about the topic in the scholarly literature.
Choose a historical topic you find interesting for which primary sources are available. Apply one or more of the tools in the class to those sources. Write a history of your topic that uses secondary literature to introduce and set the context for your paper, and then explain and describe your digital work with the sources. Does your work complement and reinforce arguments made in the secondary literature? Does it contradict or indicate alternative ideas about the topic? Sample topics and resources will be provided, but you're also welcome to find and choose your own in consultation with me.
Text analysis involves information retrieval, lexical analysis to study word frequency distributions, pattern recognition, tagging/annotation, information extraction, data mining techniques including link and association analysis, visualization, and predictive analytics.
See you on March 10.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by SSC 1004 on Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00. I'm also available before and after class on Tuesdays, or by appointment.