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Humanist Archives: Feb. 1, 2023, 7:45 a.m. Humanist 36.367 - events: on textual evidence

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 367.
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        Date: 2023-02-01 07:32:22+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty <>
        Subject: Feb 8: [Virtual Talk] Andrew Piper on Textual Evidence in a Time of Data


     Can We Be Wrong?: The Problem of Textual Evidence in a Time of Data
      Andrew Piper

February 8, 2022, 1:00pm EST
Live. Online.Registration required

This talk will address the problem of generalization when it comes to
text-based evidence. How can we move, reliably and credibly, from
individual observations about texts to more general beliefs about the
world? The rise of computational methods has highlighted major
shortcomings informing traditional approaches to textual analysis. In
this talk, I will illustrate how we can use methods like
machine-learning to study texts and reflect on the limitations (and
affordances) of traditional text analysis.

Andrew Piper is Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department
of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University. He is the
director of.txtlab <>a laboratory for cultural
analytics, and author most recently of/Can We Be Wrong? The Problem of
Textual Evidence in a Time of Data/(Cambridge) and/Enumerations: Data
and Literary Study/(Chicago).

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