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  • Prologue November 12, 2017
    A haggared boy no older than eighteen stood between a patrol of knights and two sisters from the frontier village of Veradey. The contrast between the boy and the knights were staggering. The villager was breathing heavily carrying his grain scythe with both hands gripped tightly. Blood trickled from wounds he got while trying to escape. The … Continue readi […]

  • Wikipedia Page September 28, 2017 There is missing information about his earlier career at “Cracked”. He has won awards, making him notable, but the Wikipedia page is not specific about the awards. It says has won “many” and “dozens” of awards. There are also a couple of distracting sections that need to be edited in order to make the Wikipedia … C […]

  • The Struggle Is Real: – Not Reading Horatio Alger November 6, 2017
    First thing I noticed after uploading all the files shared  is that these novels are predominantly male centered. There does not seem to be much reference to women, but rather the focus seems to be on men, work, and money. It’s not surprising that “money” seems to be the motivating factor, whether is it the … Continue reading "The Struggle Is Real: – No […]

  • Horatio Alger November 6, 2017
    Horatio Alger made his living on “rags-to-riches” stories in the 1800s. Almost every story followed some poor boy who through a series of events would end up successful (or at least associate with the middle class). There seemed to be a handful of reoccurring “staples” of Alger’s stories: the honest youth the stranger the upper […]

  • (Not) Reading Horatio Alger November 7, 2017
    Starting out with reading Horatio Alger’s Wikipedia page was a good idea because it gave me a bit of insight as to what trend I may expect.  For the closer analysis, I focused on the story Dan The Newsboy.   I was left with this word cloud when I omitted “said”, “Dan”,  and “asked”. I wasn’t sure […]
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  • Improving the Wiki. September 28, 2017
    I will be adding more content to Blood Orange’s debut album, Coastal Grooves.  As it stands now, the wiki page features the tracklist and one sentence about the album. Considering Dev Hynes’ rising popularity, I feel it is necessary to provide more information about his first solo album. I intend to add more of a description … Continue reading "Improvin […]

  • Not Reading Horatio Alger November 16, 2017
        I chose to look at “Rough and Ready,” and the first thing I noticed were the most common words: newsboy, rough, ready, money, little, boy, and yes. This makes sense,\ as the title of the book is “Rough and Ready” and the subheading is  “life among the newsboys,” making it totally logical that […]

  • Alger Response November 5, 2017
    In my first experiment with not-reading a work of literature with which I had no previous study done I found this tool to be extremely interesting. By creating a corpus with all the different works of literature by Alger I feel I was able to understand different aspects of his works and themes. For example,… Read More Alger Response

  • Bon Voyant October 17, 2017
    For the Voyant exercise that we looked at, I chose Jonathan Swift’s satirical essay A Modest Proposal.  Voyant shows readers patterns in the text related to the use of language. Voyant shows us how often a word occurs, connections between words, digital graphs and word clouds that reveal the author’s main points of focus by … Continue reading "Bon Voyan […]

  • 495. Digital Analysis Phase II October 28, 2017
    Further tinkering with Voyant Tools, the online resource for big data text analysis, has surfaced a number of interesting questions.  This time, I have settled...

  • Voyant Tools 2 October 27, 2017
    David Hoover lists a number of interesting possibilities for textual analysis, including “assessing how similar imitations, pastiches, completions, continuations, prequels, and sequels of texts written by other authors are to the original texts.” Sherlock Holmes has a very long and rich history of pastiches, so I thought it would be interesting to compare so […]

  • Response to Voyant, 10/17 October 17, 2017
    To “test” some of tools offered on Voyant, I looked up the extremely dense and wordy “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad. The first I noticed was all the frequencies of words illustrated in a kind of word bubble, which led me to check out the correlations between some frequently used words. I was amazed … Continue reading Response to Voyant, 10/17

  • Alger in Algorithms November 8, 2017
    The Horatio Alger story I analyzed was, “Phil the Fiddler, Or, The Story of a Young Street Musician”. Immediately I was struck by how the past tense of ‘to ask’ was among the ,ost used words. When I look at the contexts of ‘asked’, the data shows that the early questions in the book seem … Continue reading "Alger in Algorithms"

  • Bartleby, The Scrivener September 12, 2017
    Reading ‘Bartleby, The Scrivener’ un-annotated was fun and interesting. It was straightforward and you were able to understand it easily. When reading the annotated version on Slate, it was very confusing and I didn’t appreciate the annotations much. They were very distracting and very confusing as well.  I didn’t appreciate them much and just read … Continu […]

  • Not Reading Alger November 2, 2017
    Alger Text- Although I haven’t read Alger’s, Adrift in New York Or, Tom and Florence Braving the World, I did use Voyant tools to look at data for it. Under the Cirrus cloud I found these common words: I know that there is a lot of dialogue in the novel due to the occurrence of…

  • Voyant Reading October 17, 2017
      What kinds of patterns did Voyant help you see in the text? Which of the Voyant tools seemed most helpful and why? What kinds of things did Voyant not show you about the text you analyzed? Volant helped me see trends in the story. I never read this book, but I did do some […]