Final Project Brainstorm: Iris, Priya, Amelia, and George

The mode of Digital Humanities that interests us the most is the functionality of parsing through text, and doing analysis of text based off of trends or key words that are found as a result. Since we thought this tool was the most useful, we decided to apply it to our project ideas.

We had a couple of ideas for our final project including our preferred means of applying the digital humanities. First, we thought about Twitter and how we can parse through the trending topics, since there is not an over-all database or one comprehensive timeline.

Another project proposition we created had to do with worldwide news and the opinions of the articles written. The program would parse through articles posted on a news site and gauge how positive or negative the current state of the world is by displaying it on some sort of visually pleasing scale, with bright colors representing positive opinions and/or feelings and dark colors representing the contrary.

We also have to consider the process of web parsing and how consistent all of our resources are on the internet. When we looked on a website such as the URLs are all consistent, but there are still many difficulties that need to be considered when determining the feasibility of our ideas.

One Response to Final Project Brainstorm: Iris, Priya, Amelia, and George

  1. This is an interesting set of project ideas that you propose: how to parse through large amounts of text in order to analyze a) trending topics and/or b) positive vs. negative news coverage. The second idea that you mention– the one relating to the visualization of the opinions/feelings of the news– seems like it’s slightly more structured from start to finish, and perhaps more feasible given the time constraints of the class. But the trending topics project does seem like it could work as well, as long as you’re able to determine what you want to do with the trending topics once you’ve parsed them.

    In either case, it might make the most sense for your group to present a proof-of-concept– that is, to describe/demonstrate each phase of the program you envision, perhaps with the example of the site, rather than to attempt to implement the actual program itself.

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