How Andrew Piper predicted the Giller Prize

This Fall we created a lab challenge to see if anyone could predict this year’s Giller Prize winner using a computer. The winner was announced last night, and it turns out I correctly predicted the winner. But I still lost the challenge. In this lies an instructive tale about humans, computers, and predicting human behaviour.…

Can a computer predict a literary prize?

This evening the Giller Prize winner will be announced. For those not in the know, the Giller Prize is Canada’s most prestigious literary award. Like the Man Booker in the UK or National Book Award in the US, the Giller Prize serves as a way of signalling to Canadian readers important new fiction. It relies…

NovelTM Workshop in a Cloud

Here is a word cloud of the transcripts of our discussions over two days for those who were and were not there. Feels like a good representation of the discussion and bodes well for the future. I like that “people” is bigger than “data.”

First Annual NovelTM Workshop

NovelTM is very excited to be hosting the first annual workshop on text mining the novel. We are welcoming over 20 digital humanists, students, and industry partners from the U.S. and Canada to Montreal for the next two days. Our aims include envisioning the big picture of writing the first large-scale quantitative history of the…

Text Mining the Novel

Welcome to NovelTM, a multi-university digital humanities initiative led by Andrew Piper at McGill University. This project brings together researchers and partners from 21 different academic and non-academic institutions to produce the first large-scale quantitative history of the novel. Our aim is to bring new computational approaches in the field of text mining to the study of literature as…

McGill-led partnership projects receive SSHRC funding

Three innovative research partnerships at McGill University have received significant long-term investments from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) partnership grants program, totaling more than $6.8 million. Each project will use novel approaches to advance knowledge and understanding on critical issues of intellectual, social, economic and cultural significance — from teaching computers to…

Introducing .txtLab @ McGill

.txtLAB is a digital humanities laboratory at McGill University directed by Andrew Piper. We explore the use of computational and quantitative approaches towards understanding literary and cultural phemonena in both the past and present. Our aim is to engage in critical and creative uses of the tools of network science, machine learning, or image processing…

Distant reading meets 19th Century Germany

NovelTM members Matt Erlin, Andrew Piper and Mark Algee-Hewiitt explore the notion of distant reading and how it applies to the analysis of 19th Century German literature and culture in a new book published by Camden House. Edited by Matt Erlin and Lynne Tatlock, Distant Readings: Topologies of German Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century is a “cutting-edge publication in the…