Analyzing and visualizing ancient Maya hieroglyphics using shape: From computer vision to Digital Humanities

AbstractMaya hieroglyphic analysis requires epigraphers to spend a significant amount of time browsing existing catalogs to identify individual glyphs. Automatic Maya glyph analysis provides an efficient way to assist scholars’ daily work. We introduce the Histogram of Orientation Shape Context (HOOSC) shape descriptor to the Digital Humanities community. We discuss key issues for practitioners and study the effect that certain parameters have on the performance of the descriptor.

Non-representational approaches to modeling interpretation in a graphical environment

AbstractThis article presents an epistemological rationale, intellectual justification, and design outline for a non-representational approach to modeling interpretation in a graphical environment. It begins with a brief critical discussion of the representational approaches that are the common form of information visualizations and suggests that the less familiar non-representational approach could be used to augment these existing visualizations by supporting interpretative work that is closer to the practice of humanistic hermeneutic traditions.

Analysing and understanding news consumption patterns by tracking online user behaviour with a multimodal research design

AbstractUnderstanding people’s online behaviour has traditionally been a field of interest of commercial research agencies. However, academic researchers in a variety of fields are interested in the same type of data to gain insights in the Web behaviour of users. Digital Humanities scholars interested in the use of digital collections are, e.g., interested in the navigation paths of users to these collections. In our case we wanted (1) to analyse the way news consumers visit news websites and (2) understand how these websites fit in their daily news consumption patterns.

At the crossroads between the scientific and the literary discourse: Comparison as a figure of dialogism

AbstractThrough the prism of the comparison, this study examines the dialogism characterizing the discourse of French literary critics in the second half of the 19th century. Using an automatic method, a set of comparisons relying on terms belonging to eleven predetermined hard sciences (anatomy, biology, physics, chemistry, botany, zoology, astronomy, surgery, medicine, geology, and mathematics) was extracted in a corpus of 249 French critical texts as well as in novels, philosophical texts, scientific texts, and texts from the social and human sciences.

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