Guessing at the Content of a Million Books

  • Patrick Juola
Keywords: reading, Graffiti, Conjecturator, prototyping, computer-mediated reading, application, textual analysis, textual patterns and algorithms / lecture, lecture arbitrée d'ordinateur, analyse textuelle, modèles et algorith


The recent growth in digital scholarship has made literally millions of books available to readers. But the implications of this, paradoxically, are that reading becomes more difficult. No human can possibly read and understand a million books. This is particularly problematic in literary scholarship, where “reading” a text requires much more than simple content extraction, but may require identifying and explaining patterns of thought and expression across many different works.


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