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Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Tracing the Life Cycle of Ideas in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Editors: Tuzzi, Arjuna (Ed.)

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  • Offers useful insights to perform quantitative analyses in qualitative environments
  • Explains how distant reading can be exploited to answer specific research questions
  • Written in non-technical language to make the discussion accessible to readers without mathematical, computer or statistical backgrounds
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This book demonstrates how quantitative methods for text analysis can successfully combine with qualitative methods in the study of different disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS). The book focuses on learning about the evolution of ideas of HSS disciplines through a distant reading of the contents conveyed by scientific literature, in order to retrieve the most relevant topics being debated over time. Quantitative methods, statistical techniques and software packages are used to identify and study the main subject matters of a discipline from raw textual data, both in the past and today. The book also deals with the concept of quality of life of words and aims to foster a discussion about the life cycle of scientific ideas.

Textual data retrieved from large corpora pose interesting challenges for any data analysis method and today represent a growing area of research in many fields. New problems emerge from the growing availability of large databases and new methods are needed to retrieve significant information from those large information sources. This book can be used to explain how quantitative methods can be part of the research instrumentation and the "toolbox" of scholars of Humanities and Social Sciences. The book contains numerous examples and a description of the main methods in use, with references to literature and available software. Most of the chapters of the book have been written in a non-technical language for HSS researchers without mathematical, computer or statistical backgrounds.


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction: Tracing the History of a Discipline Through Quantitative and Qualitative Analyses of Scientific Literature

    Pages 1-22

    Tuzzi, Arjuna

  • Tracing the Words of the Analytic Turn in the Journal of Philosophy

    Pages 25-44

    Spolaore, Giuseppe (et al.)

  • Exploring the History of American Sociology Through Topic Modelling

    Pages 45-64

    Giordan, Giuseppe (et al.)

  • Histories of Social Psychology in Europe and North America, as Seen from Research Topics in Two Key Journals

    Pages 65-86

    Rizzoli, Valentina

  • First Steps in Shaping the History of Linguistics in Italy: The Archivio Glottologico Italiano

    Pages 87-103

    Urraci, Giovanni (et al.)

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-97064-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-97063-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-07296-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tracing the Life Cycle of Ideas in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Editors
  • Arjuna Tuzzi
Series Title
Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97064-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97064-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97063-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07296-4
Series ISSN
2199-0956
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 217
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations, 51 illustrations in colour
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