Big Data, new Humanities, and playful infographics

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The day seminar (Friday 5th, Fexible teaching space, PFC) on Big Data and the new Humanities, forming part of the Strand C in the M.A. Training Spine at QUB comprised introductions into theory and methodology of BIG Data research and some visualisations from the current AHRC project on Visualizing European Crime Fiction. It also allowed to generate together with students new playful type of data-based infographics. Here are just a few random ones, as they are linked to the subject of our May conference, the San-Antonio series.

Some word trends  (from 7 577 unique words in a 1958 San-Antonio novel, see below)

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La vérité

   j’ai      101         3.30        –                             31.8        0.000     –             –

   faire    90          2.93        –                             28.4        0.000     –             –

     oui     62          1.97        –                             19.6        0.000     –             –

qu’elle 56          1.77        –                             17.7        0.000     –             –

petite  46          1.43        –                             14.5        0.000     –             –

     dit      43          1.32        –                             13.6        0.000     –             –

   dame 40          1.22        –                             12.6        0.000     –             –

   vais    38          1.15        –                             12.0        0.000     –             –

   avoir   37          1.12        –                             11.7        0.000     –             –

monsieur             36          1.09        –             11.4        0.000     –             –

   bon                      32           0.95        –             10.1        0.000     –             –

   coup                 32           0.95        –             10.1        0.000     –             –

   femme              32          0.95        –             10.1        0.000     –             –

   homme             32          0.95        –             10.1        0.000     –             –

madame            31          0.92        –             9.8         0.000     –             –

   mort                 27           0.78        –             8.5         0.000     –             –

   temps                     27           0.78        –             8.5         0.000     –             –

   chose                26           0.74        –             8.2         0.000     –             –

   doit                   26           0.74        –             8.2         0.000     –             –

   voix                    26          0.74        –             8.2         0.000     –             –

demande           25          0.71        –             7.9         0.000     –             –

   grand                25           0.71        –             7.9         0.000     –             –

   heure                25           0.71        –             7.9         0.000     –             –

   mari                  25           0.71        –             7.9         0.000     –             –

   jeune                24           0.68        –             7.6         0.000     –             –

lettre                  24           0.68        –             7.6         0.000     –             –

   trop                  24           0.68        –             7.6         0.000     –             –

   nuit                   23           0.64        –             7.3         0.000     –             –

(Statistics from San-Antonio, La Vérité en salade, Paris, Fleuve noir, 1958;  Data obtained using Voyant tools

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