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Hail the rise of digital humanities

…and no, it's not just a geek invasion of humanities

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Ajit Balakrishnan
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley are hard at work, using mathematical techniques to unravel which author contributed what to the Hebrew Bible, a composite text compiled over hundreds of years. These researchers believe a machine learning-based tool that ascribes specific authors to each sentence of this Bible will help literary researchers understand the text in greater depth.

Researchers at the University College London are using similar mathematical techniques on digital collections from European libraries with large repositories of digitised newspapers and periodicals. They believe that using text- and sentiment-mining techniques will unravel “the history of mentalities, allowing researchers to
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First Published: Jul 31 2022 | 10:40 PM IST

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