This is an announcement about the Digital Experiments working group’s weekly Tuesday ‘labs’ at NYU. We’ve been advertising these on the group’s page, but we always want more participants so I’m posting here this week. Below is the information for this Tuesday’s meeting on *Scale* and our general set-up. If you can’t make it this week but you’re interested in joining later meetings, join our NYC-DH group, and we’ll keep you posted about each week’s Topic.
For this week’s Tuesday Lab (3/25, at 6:30 pm, room 105 of 244 Greene St.), we will be critically engaging the challenges of building large-scale corpora and of using those corpora. The framing questions for the meeting are
1. What are potential guidelines for building large-scale corpora? What is required for a corpus to be *representative* of a particular historical, generic, or social category? What are alternative criteria to representativeness that might provide rationales for a given corpus?
2. What are questions or kinds of questions that we can pose to our eighteenth-/nineteenth-century novel corpus that depend on different scales of analysis? What are questions that enable us to bring different scales in relation to each other?
As always, we’re organizing this lab in a manner that allows us to take advantage of the time to collaboratively work together. We pose the meeting’s questions to the group, then we work individually or in pairs on different texts with different tools on those shared questions. After about 90 minutes, everyone shares their most interesting findings/observations with the group.
Hope to see you there!