(Quantitative) cultural studies 🚣
The man who taught BHO to cook
A data-rich close reading of a book by Obama and a book by Ayers. (c.f. Has Critique Run out of Steam) """Obama's floors slant. Ayers' floors slope. Both use skillets. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the word "skillet" seems "to have been confined to the Midland section of the country." Elsewhere, "frying pan" or "fry pan" is more common. Ayers grew up in Illinois. In "Dreams," which is about 130,000 words in length, the word kitchen appears 29 times. In "Fugitive Days," it appears 11 times in about 100,000 words. As a control, I used my 2000 novel, "2006: The Chautauqua Rising." I have very little interest in cooking. It shows. Although the novel has a 26 year-old male protagonist and any number of domestic settings, the word "kitchen" appears once in about 100,000 words. """
What do the experts know? Calibration, precision, and the wisdom of crowds among forensic handwriting experts
Danielle J. Navarro
Book and publishing history 🚟
Majority of Americans Are Still Reading Print Books | Pew Research Center
"A growing share of Americans are reading e-books on tablets and smartphones rather than dedicated e-readers, but print books remain much more popular than books in digital formats"
Data analysis and Bayesian statistics ⚽
How to link your Qualtrics survey to Amazon Mechanical Turk
Old but still useful information about using Qualtrics with Mechanical Turk.