Detecting Literary Characters

In conjunction with the Network Dynamics Lab at McGill, Andrew Piper and the .txtLAB team are pleased to announce the acceptance of a new paper in this year’s Conference for Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP-15). The paper offers additional methods beyond NER for identifying characters in novels. Below is Andrew’s post from the .txtLAB blog outlining…

The New Young Adult Fiction. More Human, More Me.

What difference does an editor make? This was the question posed by a recent profile of the highly successful editor of young adult fiction, Julie Strauss-Gabel, who manages the imprint Dutton Children’s Books. Her titles have consistently performed well over recent years and it was a timely reminder of the impact that a good editor can…

79 Theses on Technology: Piper to Jacobs – No Comment

In his 79 Theses, Alan Jacobs hits upon one of the most important transformations affecting the technology of writing today. “Digital textuality,” writes Jacobs in Thesis 26, “offers us the chance to restore commentary to its pre-modern place as the central scholarly genre.” In an article published online in the Hedgehog Review, Andrew Piper offers…

Goodreads v. Amazon

What difference does book-selling make for book reviews? This is the topic of a new paper accepted at the International Conference on Web and Social Media 2015 (ICWSM) co-authored by NovelTM director Andrew Piper with NovelTM student Stefan Dimitrov and collaborator Derek Ruths of the Network Dynamics Lab. Looking at 2.5 million reviews from the two platforms,…

Geoffrey Rockwell Gives Talk at Science 2.0 in Hamburg

Dr. Geoffrey Rockwell  recently gave a talk at the Science 2.0 conference in Hamburg, Germany on “New Publics for the Humanities.” His talk looked at how citizen research or crowdsourcing has been used in the humanities to engage new publics, using for example a developing project led by Dr. Andrew Piper to build a crowdsourcing tool for community…

Book Was There Gets a Nod from the Economist

Book Was There by NovelTM principal investigator Andrew Piper has received mention in a feature essay on the future of the book in The Economist . Entitled “From Papyrus to Pixels,” the essay offers a brief history of reading and dispels certain doomsday assumptions that the rise of technology has meant demise for the book. Book Was There…