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Navigating Literary Text withWord Embeddings and Semantic Lexicons


Susan Leavy, Karen Wade, Gerardine Meaney, Derek Greene

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Refereed Conference Meeting Proceeding
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
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Conference: Workshop on Computational Methods in the Humanities (COMHUM 2018)
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National University of Ireland, Dublin (UCD)
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