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Navigating Literary Text with Word Embeddings and Semantic Lexicons
Leavy, Susan; Wade, Karen; Meaney, Gerardine; Greene, Derek
Workshop on Computational Methods in the Humanities 2018 (COMHUM 2018), Luasanne, Switzerland, 4-5 June 2018 Word embeddings represent a powerful tool for mining the vocabularies of literary and historical text. However, there is little research demonstrating appropriate strategies for representing text and setting parameters, when constructing embedding models within a digital humanities context. In this paper we examine the effects of these choices using a case study involving 18th and 19th century texts from the British Library. The study demonstrates the importance of examining implicit assumptions around default strategies, when using embeddings with literary texts and highlights the potential of quantitative analysis to inform critical analysis Irish Research Council
Keyword(s): Word embeddings; Vocabularies; Representing text; Setting parameters; Digital humanities; Eighteenth century; Nineteenth century; British Library; Critical analysis
Publication Date:
2019
Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: University College Dublin
First Indexed: 2019-05-17 06:15:20 Last Updated: 2019-05-17 06:15:20