Postings in English

  • 18th July 2019

    DramaAnalysis on CRAN

    We’re happy to announce that our R-Package on quantitative drama analysis, surprisingly called “DramaAnalysis”, is now available on the Comprehensive R Archive Network, CRAN. This makes the installation of the package a lot easier, because binary versions can be installed directly. Our R package assembles a number of reasonably documented functions that we find useful for drama analysis, with a focus on analysing the character speech. By providing an R package, we make experiments on textual drama data simpler and faster, in particular for literary scholars with limited programming experience. Still, as we do not provide a graphical user interface (cf. Reiter et al., 2015), some level of programming is required.

  • 9th March 2019

    QuaDramA at DHd 2019

    Once again, QuaDramA is present at the DHd, held in Mainz and Frankfurt. Benjamin Krautter and Janis Pagel will present work on the classification of eponymous characters. The talk will take place at a session with the title Analyse bei Dramen und Romanen (Analysis on dramas and novels), on Thursday, March 28, at 9 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.

  • 8th March 2019

    QuaDramA Tutorial

    We are happy to announce that we will give a tutorial on quantitative drama analysis as part of the 2nd Heidelberg Computational Humanities Summer School. The tutorial will take place on Monday afternoon (July 15) and is held by the entire QuaDramA team. We will give a brief introduction into R and RStudio, but the main part will be a hands-on session using tools we develop(ed) within our project.
    This post will be updated with material, slides etc.

  • 12th December 2018

    Detecting Protagonists and Title Figures in Plays

    In a recent paper1, we investigated how protagonists and title figures can be detected in German plays and which features are important for a machine learning model in order to conduct the classification. This post can be seen as a supplement to this paper.

    1. The paper is orginally written in German and got translated into English by the publisher. 

  • 5th December 2018

    QuaDramA at EADH 2018

    QuaDramA will be present at the first conference of the European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH). The conference takes place December 7-9, in Galway, Ireland. In total, three presentations by persons involved in QuaDramA are planned.

  • 6th August 2018

    QuaDramA at annDH 2018

    QuaDramA is participating in the annDH 2018 workshop, which is held as part of ESSLLI 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Janis Pagel presents a paper with the title A Unified Text Annotation Workflow for Diverse Goals.

  • 15th June 2018

    QuaDramA Tutorial

    On Monday, June 18, we will give a tutorial about the DramaAnalysis R package for students at Heidelberg university. The slides can be accessed here.

  • 6th June 2018

    QuaDramA at DH 2018

    QuaDramA will be part of the international Digital Humanities conference which takes place in Mexico-City from June 25 to June 29. Benjamin Krautter’s submission got accepted and will be presented as a talk in session LP-12: Quantitative Approaches to Literature on Thursday, June 28, 14:00-15:30 p.m. See below for a short summary.

  • 19th April 2018

    Annotating Coreference Chains (Part 3)

    We have recently started to annotate coreference chains in dramatic texts. In this loose series of blog posts, we will discuss interesting findings and examples. This post revisits the annotation tool question – again.

  • 20th December 2017

    Annotating Coreference Chains (Part 2)

    We have recently started to annotate coreference chains in dramatic texts. In this loose series of blog posts, we will discuss interesting findings and examples. This post revisits the annotation tool question.

  • 15th December 2017

    QuaDramA at DHd 2018

    QuaDramA will be part of the German-speaking DH conference DHd, which takes place in Cologne in Feb/March 2018. Benjamin Krautter’s submission got accepted, and will be presented as a talk in session 4A (digital literary studies) on Thursday, March 1, 9-10:30 a.m. See below for a short summary.

  • 8th December 2017

    DramaAnalysis 2.0.0

    We have just released a new version of our R package for the quantitative analysis of plays, and want to highlight a few changes here. In QuaDramA, the R package is used for data analysis, after natural language processing has taken place. The package therefore relies on pre-processed corpora.

  • 6th December 2017

    Annotating Coreference Chains (Part 1)

    We have recently started to annotate coreference chains in dramatic texts. In this loose series of blog posts, we will discuss interesting findings and examples. The first post covers some background and technical setup.

  • 1st May 2017

    QuaDramA grows

    As of May 1st, we are happy to welcome Benjamin Krautter in our project. He is employed on the PhD position in literary studies and will be with us for the next three years. His research focus lies on stilometry and sentiment analysis of dramatic figures with respect to catharsis.

  • 28th April 2017

    Analysing Dramatic Figure Speech with R, Part 2

    So far, we loaded dramatic texts into R with the help of a web service that converted from UIMA XMI files into CoNLL-like CSV files. Now that we have released version 0.4.1 of our DramaAnalysis R package, this is no longer necessary. Instead, we have integrated the needed Java code directly into the R package. This makes, we hope, using the R package much easier.

  • 13th March 2017

    1 PhD Position in NLP

    We are looking for candidates for a PhD position, to work in the interdisciplinary research project QuaDramA: Quantitative Drama Analytics, funded by Volkswagen Foundation and soon starting at University of Stuttgart.

  • 19th January 2017

    Surveying Shakespeare

    You are most likely here, because you read our article “Poetologischer Anspruch und dramatische Wirklichkeit: Indirekte Operationalisierung in der digitalen Dramenanalyse Shakespeares natürliche Figuren im deutschen Drama des 18. Jahrhunderts”. We promised you a detailed guide to reproduce our NLP-preprocessing with DramaNLP.

  • 23rd December 2016

    Two PhD Positions

    We are looking for two candidates for PhD positions, to work in the interdisciplinary research project QuaDramA: Quantitative Drama Analytics, funded by Volkswagen Foundation and soon starting at University of Stuttgart.

  • 19th December 2016

    QuaDramA funded by Volkswagen Foundation

    We are happy to announce that QuaDramA will soon be funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, as part of the funding initiative on Mixed Methods in the Humanities.

  • 21st October 2016

    Analysing Dramatic Figure Speech with R, Part 1

    This guide describes how to analyse dramatic figure speech with R, using our linguistic preprocessing tools. It is written as a step-by-step guide and uses the (German) dramatic texts Romeo und Julia and Emilia Galotti as examples.

  • 2nd October 2016

    Technology Overview

    This post gives an overview of the current state of the technology we are using and how we plan to proceed in the future. All programs, scripts and components are available on our github page.