Reflections

I felt that the last Web Wednesday was a very interesting course because I got a chance to use new tools. The Ngram was the most useful tool that we used because we were able to access hundreds of files and years of books in one compact database. I feel that to be able to analyze a book in statistical or mathematical ways would be useful and could be a new digital humanities tool. The Wordle is similar because it statistically analyzes literature in a smaller scale. Both do things in a more efficient way, although I feel that it isn’t exactly a new tool. It makes the task of counting words in a book more convenient and neat, but I feel that if one needed to analyze word frequency in a book in the past, they would most likely count each word in the book. It would be possible to analyze books statistically before Wordle or Ngram, but definitely much more tedious.

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