QuaDramA – Quantitative Drama Analytics – is a research project we currently conduct at Stuttgart University. The aim of the project is the development of new methods to analyse dramatic texts and the investigation of drama-historic developments using these new methods. The core idea of QuaDramA is the complementation of analysing structural information (e.g., acts and scenes) with an NLP-supported analysis of the figure speech.
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QuaDramA is participating in the Plotting Poetry Conference 2019, which will be held on the 26th and 27th of September 2019 in Nancy, France. Benjamin Krautter and Janis Pagel are giving a talk with the title Identifying Character Types in German Drama on Friday, September 27, 2019 at 11:30 am.
We’re pleased to announce that QuaDramA will receive additional funding soon. In this extension called Q:TRACK, we will investigate knowledge about social relations in drama, focusing on family relations. The core idea is to track the distribution and dissemination of social knowledge by detecting the knowledge characters have, acquire and share during the course of dramatic action. In order to accomplish this, Q:TRACK combines methods from computational linguistics and digital humanities with theoretical and historical expertise of literary studies. The project builds on the research we have done in QuaDramA so far.
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.