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Stanford Literary Lab applies 'big data' to reading

from Publishing Perspectives

What with all the recent headlines about the NSA and big data and meta data, it's nice to know that there are nongovernmental organizations that can make use of such things as well. One such use, suggested by Franco Moretti, professor of English at Stanford University and co-founder of the Stanford Literary Lab, is for those with too many books on their hands and not enough time to read them: "Feed the books into a computer program and make graphs, maps and charts: it's the best way to get to grips with the vastness of literature." more


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