Victorian literature statistically analysed with new process: NYTimes.com

[from NYTimes.com]

Analyzing Literature by Words and Numbers

Victorians were enamored of the new science of statistics, so it seems fitting that these pioneering data hounds are now the subject of an unusual experiment in statistical analysis. The titles of every British book published in English in and around the 19th century—1,681,161, to be exact—are being electronically scoured for key words and phrases that might offer fresh insight into the minds of the Victorians.

This research, which has only recently become possible, thanks to a new generation of powerful digital tools and databases, represents one of the many ways that technology is transforming the study of literature, philosophy and other humanistic fields that haven’t necessarily embraced large-scale quantitative analysis.

Click here to read Patricia Cohen’s full article on NYTimes.com.

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