Big Data + Old History

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Adam Crymble describes his thesis of using Computer Science methods for historical analysis of Irish Immigrants in 19th century London, England.
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20 thoughts on “Big Data + Old History

  1. Very interesting! Now I would like to know just a bit about the process that you undertook to find the fact that the Irish immigrants to London were 4x more likely to be on trial for their lives.  Did you have the research question and set up the parameters to find an answer? Or did sorting of the data just cause some facts to "pop out"? 

  2. Does anyone have contacts? I'd love to email the dude to see if I could have a manuscript of his methodology.
    I might still be in undergrad (and doing social work), but looking for relevant documents is still quite a pain.

  3. It could, for instance, help understand some historical laws, or the reasons why some neighbourhoods developed in given ways. There might have been difficulties of integration, and the outcome of social strategies used to work with this could be relevant today. It can help literature students understand the contexts of novels, dramas, and other records, or filmmakers make more accurate historical portrayals. Need more?

  4. Interesting, but how do you account for all of the variances in the vernacular at that time. I imagine there was great difference in the common tongue of Londoners versus Irish immigrants at that time. Not to mention that the differences might have existed on the very local level (i.e. a specific town/ county in Ireland versus a neighborhood in London?) Are using specific thesauri for this? Sorry this is really interesting!

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