A visit to uncanny valley

In a post last semester, we used a digital archive to create new objects by designing a little tweeting machine. This technique - using an archive to create an "intelligent" machine - is not only useful for such coding exercises or publicity stunts like the Next Rembrandt. These computational methods are also...

Cool Tools: Online Mind Mapping

Mind maps are a useful tool for students to organize their thoughts, papers, or both. There is a wide variety of mind mapping software now, among them Novamind  and Vue that are installed on our lab computers. (We also have several lesson plans that involve mind maps). (more…)

Talking Republican: Analyzing the GOP debate

Here, we present a computational analysis of language use in the Republican debate, looking at each candidate's rhetorical style. Donald Trump, it turns out, is a man of many, but short words; John Kasich loves asking questions; and Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz rely a lot on emotionally charged language. (more…)