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Chapter 2 - From Fantasy to Engagement

from Part I - Toward a Smarter Data Science

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 September 2023

Jo Guldi
Affiliation:
Southern Methodist University, Texas
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Summary

In light of those dangers of posed by imperfect data, this chapter sets out three precepts that can help us reckon with them amidst a massive volume of text about human experience. First, we see why the building blocks of historical analysis reward inquiry. Second, we explore the benefits of applying critical thinking to each part of the research process. Third, we see why discovery happens where old fields meet and why this makes the case for hybrid studies. These precepts are, in effect, pedagogical principles that can be useful for bringing researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds into a basic acquaintance with the practice of humanist interpretation. As a cursory introduction to critical thinking in the humanities, these precepts may help data analysts to imagine what sorts of skills, teams, and training might work together to produce a rigorous approach to data about human experience.

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The Dangerous Art of Text Mining
A Methodology for Digital History
, pp. 57 - 100
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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  • From Fantasy to Engagement
  • Jo Guldi, Southern Methodist University, Texas
  • Book: The Dangerous Art of Text Mining
  • Online publication: 21 September 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009263016.005
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  • From Fantasy to Engagement
  • Jo Guldi, Southern Methodist University, Texas
  • Book: The Dangerous Art of Text Mining
  • Online publication: 21 September 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009263016.005
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  • From Fantasy to Engagement
  • Jo Guldi, Southern Methodist University, Texas
  • Book: The Dangerous Art of Text Mining
  • Online publication: 21 September 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009263016.005
Available formats
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