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Title:Theorizing Research Practices We Forgot to Theorize Twenty Years Ago
Author(s):Underwood, Ted
Subject(s):keyword search, data mining, hermeneutics, Bayesian interpretation, machine learning, topic modeling, discovery practices
Abstract:Quantitative methods have been central to the humanities since scholars began relying on full-text search to map archives. But the intellectual implications of search technology are rendered opaque by humanists’ habit of considering algorithms as arbitrary tools. To reflect more philosophically, and creatively, on the hermeneutic options available to us, humanists may need to converse with disciplines that understand algorithms as principled epistemological theories. We need computer science, in other words, not as a source of tools but as a theoretical interlocutor. (Published version. Preprint here: https://www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/48906)
Issue Date:2014-08-01
Publisher:University of California Press
Citation Info:Underwood, Ted. "Theorizing Research Practices We Forgot to Theorize Twenty Years Ago." Representations 127 (2014): 64-72.
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/50034
DOI:10.1525/rep.2014.127.5.64.
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-08-02


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