Review: Language and Chronology: Text Dating by Machine Learning (Toner and Han)

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Title: Review: Language and Chronology: Text Dating by Machine Learning (Toner and Han)
Other Titles: Language and Chronology: Text Dating by Machine Learning. Gregory Toner and Xiwu Han. Language and Computers 84. Brill, Leiden/Boston, 2019. xii + 183pp.€88. ISBN 978-90-04-41003-9
Authors: Qiu, Fangzhe
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Date: 2020
Online since: 2021-06-17T14:26:27Z
Abstract: In 2015, two grants were awarded for projects using computational and statistical methods to date medieval Irish texts: one is provided by the European Research Council, which funds the project Chronologicon Hibernicum in Maynooth; the other is awarded by the Leverhulme Trust to fund Gregory Toner’s project ‘Dating of medieval texts through regressive analysis of the lexicon’ in QUB. The present book is the outcome of the latter project, in which the two co– authors explore computational methods previously unknown to the field of medieval Irish studies and demonstrate the huge potential such methods embody for the discipline. When one compares the title of the project to that of the book, it is apparent that Toner and Han have pushed the methodological boundary much further by transcending from regression analysis in the initial project idea to advanced machine learning techniques in the outcome.
Type of material: Review
Publisher: School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
Journal: Celtica
Volume: 32
Start page: 265
End page: 272
Keywords: Machine learningText corporaMedieval manuscriptsIrish languageDigital humanities
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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