Beyond Seven Review No. 71

Posted on Wed 02 June 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

(Quantitative) cultural studies 🚣

  • Endnotes
    Xavier Marquez's year-end list of recommended reading.

(Quantitative) literary history and sociology of literature 🦉

  • Project Runeberg
    Wikipedia: Project Runeberg (Swedish: Projekt Runeberg) is a digital cultural archive initiative that publishes free electronic versions of books significant to the culture and history of the Nordic countries. Patterned after Project Gutenberg, it was founded by Lars Aronsson and colleagues at Linköping University and began archiving Nordic-language literature in December 1992. As of 2015 it had accomplished digitization to provide graphical facsimiles of old works such as the Nordisk familjebok, and had accomplished, in whole or in part, the text extractions and copyediting of these as well as esteemed Latin works and English translations from Nordic authors, and sheet music and other texts of cultural interest.

Book and publishing history 🚟

  • Stumbling and Mumbling: My favourite economics papers
    The first one on the list is quite good. "“The elasticity of demand with respect to product failures” by Werner Troesken (pdf). This describes how Americans continued to buy snake oil for decades despite it being of dubious efficacy. It is of clear political relevance today: populists are using many of the tactics snake oil sellers used. But it has even wider relevance. It reminds us that whilst markets are selection devices they do not necessarily select for the best products, and can select for the worst."

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Beyond Seven Review No. 70

Posted on Wed 19 May 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

(Quantitative) cultural studies 🚣

(Quantitative) literary history and sociology of literature 🦉

  • The Labor Market Value of Taste: An Experimental Study of Class Bias in U.S. Employment
    "This article investigates cultural forms of class bias in the middle-income U.S. labor market. Results from an audit study of employment discrimination in four U.S. cities reveal that cultural signals of class, when included in résumés, have a systematic effect on the callback rates of women applying to customer-facing jobs. For these women, displays of highbrow taste—the cultural signals of a higher-class background—generate significantly higher rates of employer callback than displays of lowbrow taste—the cultural signals of a lower-class background. Meanwhile, cultural signals of class have no systematic effect on the callback rates of male and/or non–customer-facing job applicants. Results from a survey-experimental study of 1,428 U.S. hiring managers suggest that these differing patterns of employer callback may be explained by the positive effect of higher-class cultural signals on perceptions of polish and competence and their negative effect on perceptions of warmth."

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Beyond Seven Review No. 69

Posted on Wed 05 May 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

Book and publishing history 🚟

  • We Need Bodice-Ripper Sex Ed
    Jennifer Weiner on the benefits of reading Harlequin novels: "But those [Harlequin romance novels], for all their soft-core covers and happily-ever-afters, were quietly and not-so-quietly subversive. They taught readers that sexual pleasure was something women could not just hope for but insist upon. They shaped my interactions with boys and men. They helped make me a feminist." Side note: Asking the New York Times website for this page (just the html page) yields a giant heap of garbage (317K, mostly javascript). The article itself is about 7.4K of text.

Information and Geisteswissenschaften 🏺

  • Advanced Degrees in Digital Humanities
    Not a bad list. Does mislead by conflating 4-year European Masters programs with 1-year US American Masters programs. German PhD programs are missing.
  • 30 Days of Stuff
    Post on the Internet Archive's blog by Jason Scott. Examples of wonderful public domain books and magazines available at IA.
  • The latch key of my bookhouse
    1922 book notable for being a "test vector" for the Internet Archive's book digitization process.

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Beyond Seven Review No. 68

Posted on Wed 21 April 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

Book and publishing history 🚟

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Information and Geisteswissenschaften 🏺

  • Robotic copying
    "Since so much of learning to read and write Chinese characters depends upon mindless repetition, writing them countless times, some bright people in the age of AI have finally seized upon a way to escape from the drudgery: training a robot to write the characters endlessly for them."

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Beyond Seven Review No. 67

Posted on Wed 07 April 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

Data analysis and Bayesian statistics ⚽

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Beyond Seven Review No. 66

Posted on Wed 24 March 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

Data analysis and Bayesian statistics ⚽

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Beyond Seven Review No. 65

Posted on Wed 10 March 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

(Quantitative) cultural studies 🚣

  • Six Septembers: Mathematics for the Humanist
    An open-access e-book. It's quite good! " Description Scholars of all stripes are turning their attention to materials that represent enormous opportunities for the future of humanistic inquiry. The purpose of this book is to impart the concepts that underlie the mathematics they are likely to encounter and to unfold the notation in a way that removes that particular barrier completely. This book is a primer for developing the skills to enable humanist scholars to address complicated technical material with confidence. This book, to put it plainly, is concerned with the things that the author of a technical article knows, but isn’t saying. Like any field, mathematics operates under a regime of shared assumptions, and it is our purpose to elucidate some of those assumptions for the newcomer. The individual subjects we tackle are (in order): logic and proof, discrete mathematics, abstract algebra, probability and statistics, calculus, and differential equations. This is not at all the order in which these subjects are usually taught in school curricula, and indeed, it is possible to take a course of study that does not include all of them. Our ordering is borne of our own sense of how best to convey the concepts of mathematics to humanists, and is, like mathematics itself, strongly cumulative."

Book and publishing history 🚟

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  • Blobs in Games: Orbits of planets
    "When I'm not feeling particularly inspired to work on a bigger project, I explore topics that might be useful later. I have been reading about planetary exploration, orbital mechanics, lunar chemistry, and other space topics. Along the way I found John Carlos Baez's blog post about the Pentagram of Venus. What a cool image! I wanted to try it myself. So I did."

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Beyond Seven Review No. 64

Posted on Wed 24 February 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

(Quantitative) cultural studies 🚣

Counterantidisintermediation 🌔

Scholarly communication 🦓


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Beyond Seven Review No. 63

Posted on Wed 10 February 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

Book and publishing history 🚟

  • Effects of Copyrights on Science - Evidence from the US Book Republication Program
    "Copyrights for books, news, and other types of media are a critical mechanism to encourage creativity and innovation. Yet economic analyses continue to be rare, partly due to a lack of experimental variation in modern copyright laws. This paper exploits a change in copyright laws as a result of World War II to examine the effects of copyrights on science. In 1943, the US Book Republication Program (BRP) granted US publishers temporary licenses to republish the exact content of German-owned science books. Using new data on citations, we find that this program triggered a large increase in citations to German-owned science books. This increase was driven by a significant reduction in access costs: Each 10 percent decline in the price of BRP book was associated with a 43 percent increase in citations. To investigate the mechanism by which lower book prices influence science, we collect data on library holdings across the United States. We find that lower prices helped to distribute BRP books across US libraries, including less affluent institutions. Analyses of the locations of citing authors further indicate that citations increased most for locations that gained access to BRP books. Results are confirmed by two alternative measures of scientific output: new PhDs and US patents that use knowledge in BRP books."

Counterantidisintermediation 🌔

Data analysis and Bayesian statistics ⚽

  • https://dimewiki.worldbank.org/wiki/List_Experiments
    "A list experiment is a questionnaire design technique used to mitigate respondent social desirability bias when eliciting information about sensitive topics. With a large enough sample size, list experiments can be used to estimate the proportion of people for whom a sensitive statement is true."

Information and Geisteswissenschaften 🏺

  • 'Ideology' or 'Situation Sense'? An Experimental Investigation of Motivated Reasoning and Professional Judgment
    "This paper reports the results of a study on whether political predispositions influence judicial decisionmaking. The study was designed to overcome the two principal limitations on existing empirical studies that purport to find such an influence: the use of nonexperimental methods to assess the decisions of actual judges; and the failure to use actual judges in ideologically-biased-reasoning experiments. The study involved a sample of sitting judges (n = 253), who, like members of a general public sample (n = 800), were culturally polarized on climate change, marijuana legalization and other contested issues. When the study subjects were assigned to analyze statutory interpretation problems, however, only the responses of the general-public subjects and not those of the judges varied in patterns that reflected the subjects’ cultural values. The responses of a sample of lawyers (n = 217) were also uninfluenced by their cultural values; the responses of a sample of law students (n = 284), in contrast, displayed a level of cultural bias only modestly less pronounced than that observed in the general-public sample. Among the competing hypotheses tested in the study, the results most supported the position that professional judgment imparted by legal training and experience confers resistance to identity-protective cognition — a dynamic associated with politically biased information processing generally — but only for decisions that involve legal reasoning. The scholarly and practical implications of the findings are discussed."

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Beyond Seven Review No. 62

Posted on Wed 27 January 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

Counterantidisintermediation 🌔

Data analysis and Bayesian statistics ⚽

Information and Geisteswissenschaften 🏺

  • Work of the past, work of the future
    Column by David Autor. "Labour markets in US cities today are vastly more educated and skill-intensive than they were 50 years ago, but urban non-college workers now perform much less skilled work than they did. This column shows that automation and international trade have eliminated many of the mid-skilled non-college jobs that were disproportionately based in cities. This has contributed to a secular fall in real non-college wages."
  • Do Things Matter?
    Arresting essay by Sarah Miller. Somewhat US-specific. "Last week a 23-year-old woman asked me if she should get an MFA. I asked her if she would have to pay for it. She said no, because she wouldn’t go if she didn’t get funded. I said if she didn’t have to pay for it, sure, she could go, but she could also not go, and that would also be fine. ..."

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