Text re-use in Instagram posts selling human remains

Lincoln Mullen has a wonderful R package on rOpenSci for detecting and measuring text reuse in a corpus of material (the kind of thing that is enormously useful if you’re interested in 19th century print culture, for instance). I wondered to myself what I would find if I fed it the corpus of material I’ve collected (see this gist) concerning the trade in human remains on Instagram (It’s looking for ngrams 5 words long, which means that I end up looking at 3k posts from my initial corpus of 13k). We’re writing all of this up for submission shortly, so … Continue reading Text re-use in Instagram posts selling human remains

Scraping Instagram with R, with PHP

I’ve had reason lately to be collecting information regarding the sale of human remains online, in various places. One such is Instagram. Working with Instagram is not straightforward. One approach that I had been using was a package for R called ‘InstaR‘ by Pablo Barbera. It worked great, after some initial confusion on my part on how to get the damned thing to authenticate (which involves setting up an Instagram developer’s account, etc etc.). Then, in the middle of last year, Instagram changed its developer API rules *such that* the only data I could access with the api *was my … Continue reading Scraping Instagram with R, with PHP

Poem X

x i shall be across the plain when the sun was sinking but enough of the chain between my mother embraced me once before when she cut me short with a push   I fed King Solomon’s Mines into Ben’s markov chain generator that he’s been using as part of his class. This is what came out. I like it. Continue reading Poem X

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Workshop on Networks & Simulation for the Humanities – Nov 9, Discovery Centre Macodrum Library

Carleton University, Ottawa, Macodrum Library Discovery Centre RM 481, 11 – 2 Understanding the complexity of past and present societies is a challenge across the humanities. Simulation and network science provide computational tools for confronting these problems. This workshop will … Continue reading Workshop on Networks & Simulation for the Humanities – Nov 9, Discovery Centre Macodrum Library

Distantly Reading Digital Archaeology: Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future

There’s a new volume on digital archaeology coming out via the Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future. Bill Caraher let me have an advance copy of it. Instead of reading it and writing a review, I thought I’d do a distant reading instead, as befits digital archaeology, and see what I found. I did my analysis in R, and wrote my results up in Rmd (R-markdown, that is, my written ruminations + actionable code, all in one file). I first did an exploratory top-down topic model, and then a bottom-up word … Continue reading Distantly Reading Digital Archaeology: Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future