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Word Similarity Tool, David Mimno
A web-based tool for viewing similar words to a query, for each year from 1800 to 1923.
http://mimno.infosci.cornell.edu/wordsim/nearest.html?q=caste to have the queried-for word be "caste".
Here's an example of the kinds of useful observations the tool empowers you to make:
you can notice a few interesting things: from the generated table for "caste", it appears that "suffering" was a pretty frequent contextual word for "caste" in the early nineteenth century, but then "suffering" seemed to drop out of the context by the late nineteenth century. On the other hand, "degradation" seemed to remain, more or less, part of the context of the word "caste" throughout. You can also notice that the occurrence of "race" in the same context as "caste" becomes more frequent after 1870 or so. Before 1870, the instances of "race" in the same context as "caste" was less pronounced.
An interactive, faceted, visualization of terms across the HathiTrust collection, built on the EF dataset.
Within-Book Topic Modeling, Peter Organisciak
An approach for visualizing thematic trends within a book.
A Python library that scaffolds Pandas use of EF data. With example scripts.
Send us your Lessons or Tutorials related to the EF Dataset.
Python code for some simple examples of "literary sleuthing":
- Estimating the proportion of poetry-to-prose in a volume, based on the proportion of capitalized letters (Coleridge wrote a lot more prose than Keats did!)
- Making use of the incidence of a word’s occurrence to draw inferences (Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens mentions "prison" a lot more than his Bleak House does...)
- Identifying that volume in a workset in which a specified word occurs the most times (Which of the English romantic poets was the greatest "dream"-er among them all?)
Underwood, Ted. June 3, 2014. "A window on the twentieth century may be about to open." The Stone and the Shell. Blog. http://tedunderwood.com/2014/06/03/a-window-on-the-twentieth-century-may-be-about-to-open/
Mimno, David. 2014. "Word counting, squared." David Mimno. Blog. http://www.mimno.org/articles/wordsim/