Beyond Seven Review publishes links to useful content associated with a small set of topics. Much of the content relates to the use of computing in cultural studies and literary history. Beyond Seven Review was launched in late 2018. Issues appear every other week.
Each item is associated with at least one topic. Each topic has a arbitrary single-character identifier (e.g., 🚟). Content associated with a topic should resemble other content associated with the same topic. The text labels given to topics are not necessarily meaningful. Here are the current topics:
- Book and publishing history 🚟
- Data analysis and Bayesian statistics ⚽
- Information and Geisteswissenschaften 🏺
- (Quantitative) cultural studies 🚣
- (Quantitative) literary history and sociology of literature 🦉
- Scholarly communication 🦓
- Free/libre and open-source software 🌺
- Counterantidisintermediation 🌔
- Open access. No links to material in paywalled academic journals or books if the research is funded by a government or a university.
About "beyond seven"
The phrase "beyond seven" references one setting where the use of mechanical and digital computers usefully supplements human labor: counting words in text documents. Experience suggests that humans cannot reliably count word frequencies in texts. Much of the content featured here requires counting word, character, attribute, and feature frequencies. Quantitative literary history and cultural studies, in particular, would be impossible without the ability to produce word frequency tables quickly, reliably, and cheaply.
The phrase "beyond [seven]" appears in a paragraph in Frederick Mosteller’s autobiography which mentions the research of the psychologist George Miller. Mosteller summarizes Miller's findings: "people aren’t very good at counting, especially beyond 7". Mosteller’s comment is made during his report on the difficulties Mosteller and Frederick Williams encountered in 1941 when they tried to produce (by hand) reliable counts of words appearing in a small number of newspaper articles published in the 1780s. The task was sufficiently difficult that they initially abandoned the effort. (The solution to the problem, arrived at nearly a decade later, required typing each word on an individual slip of paper and counting the slips of paper.)
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