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Quantitative Intertextuality

Analyzing the Markers of Information Reuse

Authors: Forstall, Christopher W., Scheirer, Walter J.

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  • Introduces quantitative intertextuality, a new approach to the algorithmic study of information reuse in text, sound and images
  • Explains quantitative methods for a large number of practical problems, e.g., detecting allusions to a popular television show in tweets, quantifying sound reuse in Romantic poetry, or identifying influences in fan faction
  • Includes a companion website with software, source data for all examples, and supplementary material
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This book introduces quantitative intertextuality, a new approach to the algorithmic study of information reuse in text, sound and images. Employing a variety of tools from machine learning, natural language processing, and computer vision, readers will learn to trace patterns of reuse across diverse sources for scholarly work and practical applications.
The respective chapters share highly novel methodological insights in order to guide the reader through the basics of intertextuality. In Part 1, “Theory”, the theoretical aspects of intertextuality are introduced, leading to a discussion of how they can be embodied by quantitative methods. In Part 2, “Practice”, specific quantitative methods are described to establish a set of automated procedures for the practice of quantitative intertextuality. Each chapter in Part 2 begins with a general introduction to a major concept (e.g., lexical matching, sound matching, semantic matching), followed by a case study (e.g., detecting allusions to a popular television show in tweets, quantifying sound reuse in Romantic poetry, identifying influences in fan faction by thematic matching), and finally the development of an algorithm that can be used to reveal parallels in the relevant contexts.
Because this book is intended as a “gentle” introduction, the emphasis is often on simple yet effective algorithms for a given matching task. A set of exercises is included at the end of each chapter, giving readers the chance to explore more cutting-edge solutions and novel aspects to the material at hand. Additionally, the book’s companion website includes software (R and C++ library code) and all of the source data for the examples in the book, as well as supplemental content (slides, high-resolution images, additional results) that may prove helpful for exploring the different facets of quantitative intertextuality that are presented in each chapter.
Given its interdisciplinary nature, the book will appeal to a broad audience. From practitioners specializing in forensics to students of cultural studies, readers with diverse backgrounds (e.g., in the social sciences, natural language processing, or computer vision) will find valuable insights.

About the authors

Christopher W. Forstall is Assistant Professor of Classics at Mount Allison University, where he teaches both Digital Humanities and Classical Languages and Literature. His research interests and areas of publication include Classical Latin and Greek Epic poetry, intertextuality, and oral-formulaic theory, as well as computational stylometry and authorship attribution.
Walter J. Scheirer, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. He has extensive experience in the areas of artificial intelligence, computer vision, machine learning and the digital humanities. His overarching research interest is the fundamental problem of recognition, including the representations and algorithms supporting solutions to it.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook 91,62 €
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Hardcover 114,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-23413-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Quantitative Intertextuality
Book Subtitle
Analyzing the Markers of Information Reuse
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-23415-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-23415-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-23413-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 189
Number of Illustrations
25 b/w illustrations
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