Chad Black

I am Assistant Professor of Latin American History at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and author of The Limits of Gender Domination: Women, the Law, and Political Crisis in Quito, 1765-1830. In response to the abundance offered by digitizing approaches to the Colonial Latin American Archive, my research has increasingly turned to humanities computing.


Clustering with Compression for the Historian


I mentioned in my blog that I’m playing around with a variety of clustering techniques to identify patterns in legal records from the early modern Spanish Empire. In this post, I will discuss the first of my training experiments using Normalized Compression Distance (NCD).

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