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Humanities Hackathon Preview [VIDEO]

What do computation and Shakespeare have in common? At the Humanities Hackathon, researchers such as Jordan Ellenberg discuss what scholars from seemingly different fields can learn from one another.

Discovery Fellow and UW–Madison Professor of Mathematics Jordan Ellenberg provides a sneak peek of the first Humanities Hackathon event, where he led a workshop session on networks.

Co-sponsored by WID and the Center for the Humanities, the Hackathon consists of a week-long course offering hands-on training on computational techniques in the humanities. The course is titled, “Humanities Hackathon: Computational Approaches to Cultural Analysis and Visualization.”

The course, offered July 23-27, 2012, will introduce techniques from machine learning, network theory, topic modeling, advanced visualization and sound processing. Open to advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty, the course is designed with no expectation of mathematical or computational experience. By the end of the course, participants will have a basic familiarity with software and data analysis to be able to continue using these techniques as part of their research and study.

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