Scott B. Weingart

Scott B. Weingart is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and PhD student at Indiana University, where he studies Information Science and History of Science. His research focuses on the intersection of historiographic and quantitative methodologies, particularly as they can be used to study scholarly communications in the past and present. He also writes a blog called the scottbot irregular, aiming to make computational tools and big data analytics accessible to a wider, humanities-oriented audience. When not researching, Scott fights for open access and the reform of modern scholarly communication.

Entries

The Digital Humanities Contribution to Topic Modeling

Topic modeling could stand in as a synecdoche of digital humanities. It is distant reading in the most pure sense: focused on corpora and not individual texts, treating the works themselves as unceremonious “buckets of words,” and providing seductive but obscure results in the forms of easily interpreted (and manipulated) “topics.” In its most commonly used tool, it runs in the command line.

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Demystifying Networks, Parts I & II

Part 1 of n: An Introduction

This piece builds on a bunch of my recent blog posts that have mentioned networks. Elijah Meeks already has prepared a good introduction to network visualizations on his own blog, so I cover more of the conceptual issues here, hoping to reach people with little-to-no background in networks or math, and specifically to digital humanists interested in applying network analysis to their own work.

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