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Rehashing Archaeology – Critical Perspectives in Digital Archaeology, Feb 3rd 2017

I’m not in Boston, but my voice and my slides are. This is what they’re saying. slides: https://shawngraham.github.io/presentations/harvard.html  (resize your browser window a bit smaller, make it square, for best viewing). video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGHFt-d9SCo notes: # Rehashing Archaeology — To rehash: v. To … Continue reading Rehashing Archaeology – Critical Perspectives in Digital Archaeology, Feb 3rd 2017

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