Primary investigator (PI)
Anna Shechtman, Graduate student, English Literature and Film & Media Studies
The PI is looking to hire a computer programmer to work part time (10-20 hours a week) on a project that will last from May-August at the rate of $20/hour. This work will be used for a digital humanities project that is focused on tracking the evolution of language and ideas in a large corpus of American magazines, 1950-2000. Along with contributing to cutting-edge research in the fields of digital humanities and cultural analytics, the selected applicant will also have a chance to learn more about machine learning and natural language processing. They will also have a chance to build up CS project credentials; the code produced will be potentially used by a large number of later users.
The selected applicant will be asked to:
- Write code in a virtual machine environment powered by Ubuntu
- Parse and wrangle large amounts of textual data (books), turning what is rather unstructured data into highly structured data
- Run “off the shelf” algorithms on this data to produce output
An applicant will ideally be:
- a highly proficient programmer in a commonly used language; the PI’s preference is for coding to be done in Python
- comfortable working in Ubuntu
Familiarity with text mining and machine learning is not required but is a plus; the selected applicant will not be writing algorithms from scratch.
Contact: Anna Shechtman
This project is funded with a Digital Humanities Lab Seed Grant.
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