Tuesday, December 15th at 4:15 in Allbritton 311
Classes will be but a memory, a bit of grit for your pearls of winter productivity. There will be nice snacks and cocktails of course, rye and gin, maraschino and lemon where they’re meant to be.
We’ll be there to hear about (and see) some of the diverse ways that we analyse, question, and shape images in our research. Come with your ideas about methods and experiences from your own work and we can share some of what we do across the campus. Teaching ourselves and our students how to analyze images and to analyze them differently is increasingly important.
To get our thoughts going, we’ll hear briefly from Nadja Aksamija (Art History), Christopher Chenier (Digital Design Studio), Steve Devoto (Biology), Justin Marks (Math), and Greg Voth (Physics).
In this talk Professor Schumaker, who teaches at Central Connecticut State University, will try to answer the question: “Can the sentiment contained in tweets serve as a meaningful proxy to predict match outcomes and if so, can the magnitude of these outcomes be similarly predicted based on the degree of sentiment?”
This talk should be an excellent place to learn about some of the key areas the initiative is trying to explore–big data and text analysis. The predictive power of sentiment analysis has been a consistent element of Schumaker’s work which he has applied to the stock market as well as sports.
There will be some refreshments available and we’ve found that a Friday afternoon talk can be a nice way to end the week. What’s more, this talk give you just enough time to work things out before the Saturday morning kickoffs and certainly before Chelsea goes to the Arsenal that Sunday.
Can the sentiment contained in tweets serve as meaningful proxy to predict match outcomes and if so, can the magnitude of these outcomes be similarly predicted based on the degree of sentiment? To answer these questions we constructed the CentralSport system to gather Tweets from the English Premier League and analyze their sentiment content for use in predicting match outcomes. From our analysis, we found that the models incorporating positive tweets were easier to profit from (All Positive model netted a $3,375.18 excess return). Looking deeper into the models we found point spread prediction was possible. Clubs with 1,000 or more negative tweets than their rival would typically lose by 1 goal (observed 65.2% of the time). Clubs with 2,000 to 10,000 more positive tweets would win by 1 goal (56.25%) and 10,000+ positive tweets would win by 2+ goals (100%). These results demonstrate the power of hidden information contained within tweet sentiment and has implications on wagering systems.
Friday, April 24th at 4:15 in Usdan 108
Between 1300 and 1550, church court across Europe frequently excommunicated delinquent debtors for breach of faith. This did not reflect the preoccupations of prelates or ecclesiastical judges, but widespread, popular demand for legal-religious remedies in matters of day-to-day, relatively minor credit.
By examining the practice of excommunication for debt in light of recent theories of network and organizations, we can glimpse how pre-Reformation believers understood the Church–and the market.
Tuesday, April 21st at 4:15pm in 113 Downey House
Wesleyan will host The New York Times’ Amanda Cox, who will give a talk on “Data Visualization at the New York Times.” Cox has been an essential part of one of the most interesting developments in contemporary journalism, the growth of data journalism, which in the innovative contexts of papers such as the Times and the Guardian have brought the analytic edge of social science back into journalism, most often by uniting it with powerful images. As Wesleyan prepares to launch its own data journalism course next year Cox, who teaches such a course at NYU, couldn’t be a more timely speaker.
Please announce it to your classes and come along yourself.
Thursday, February 19th at 4:15pm in Russell House.
Dr Silke Schwandt from Bielefeld University will lead an informal discussion of getting involved in collaborative digital humanities projects and integrating new text analysis methods in research. Schwandt will talk about her experience as a humanist involved in a large multi-year digital humanities project to make richly accessible the largest single body of medieval texts, and she worked to teach the computer how to recognise and ‘understand’ medieval Latin, in which most words have a very large number of forms. Her own research work used this database to analyse the political concept of Virtue in the central middle ages. She’ll start off by talking about her experiences.
Lunch will be served; if you hope to make it, or need more information, contact Gary Shaw.
Wednesday, February 10th at noon in Usdan 108.
Talk: Monday, November 17th at 3pm
GIS, remote sensing, GPS, and the Internet have transformed maps
from static documents into dynamic windows on a rapidly changing world. Combining
maps with multimedia content and user experiences comprises a powerful new
storytelling medium. Allen Carroll, former chief cartographer at National Geographic
and current program manager of storytelling at Esri, will describe his recent adventures
developing map-based narratives.
Allen Carroll is Program Manager for Storytelling at Esri. He leads Esri’s Story Maps
team, which develops open-source web apps that enable thousands of people to tell
their own place-based stories combining interactive maps and multimedia content. The
team also develops its own story maps in order to prototype new user experiences and
to demonstrate best practices for map-enabled storytelling. The team’s website is at
storymaps.arcgis.com. In addition, Allen helps guide strategy for organizing Esri’s online
content and for serving its global user communities.
Allen came to Esri after 27 years at the National Geographic Society. As chief
cartographer at NGS, he was deeply involved in the creation of the Society’s renowned
reference and wall maps, globes, and atlases. He led the creation of the Seventh and
Eighth editions of the World Atlas, incorporating satellite imagery and innovative
thematic maps into the editions and integrating them for the first time with interactive
Web resources. He spearheaded the publication of many new maps and Web resources,
ranging from decorative wall maps and supplement maps for National Geographic
magazine to special projects featuring biodiversity, conservation, and indigenous
cultures. He is a former member of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee.
Lev Manovich is the author of Software Takes Command (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), Soft Cinema: Navigating the Database (The MIT Press, 2005), and The Language of New Media (The MIT Press, 2001) which was described as “the most suggestive and broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan.” Manovich is a Professor at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and a Director of the Software Studies Initiative that works on the analysis and visualization of big cultural data. In 2013 he appeared on the List of 25 People Shaping the Future of Design.
His website is manovich.net.
November 7, 2014; 3 PM in Russell House, 350 High Street.
This talk is sponsored by the Digital and Computational Knowledge Initiative
Biography: Chris Weaver teaches in Materials Science and Engineering and Comparative Media Studies/Writing. He received his S.M. from MIT and was the initial Daltry scholar at Wesleyan University, where he earned dual master’s degrees in Japanese and Computer Science and a CAS Doctoral Degree in Japanese Ethnomusicology and Physics. The former Director of Technology Forecasting for ABC and Chief Engineer to the Subcommittee on Communications to the US Congress, he founded Bethesda Softworks, a leading software company that is credited with the development of physics-based sports simulation and creating the original John Madden Football for Electronic Arts as well as the Elder Scrolls role-playing series. He has numerous patents in interactive media, security, broadband and telecommunications engineering. A former member of the Architecture Machine Group and Fellow of the Research Program on Communications Policy, he is currently a Board Member of the Communications Technology Roadmap Group in the Microphotonics Center at MIT.
Talk: There is more to entrepreneurship than luck. Learn some of the science behind key entrepreneurial principles and test your knowledge in the process. Christopher Weaver (MALS ‘76/CAS ‘77) is the Founder of Bethesda Softworks, creators of Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls series. He will discuss the building of one of the largest private games companies in the world, and will share some of the lessons he learned along the way.
November 19, 2014 at 4:15 PM in Usdan 108
Sponsored by DaCKI, The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and the College of Integrative Sciences
Stephen Berry is Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era in the Department of History at the University of Georgia and the author or editor of four books on America in the mid-19th century, including House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, A Family Divided by War. Berry is co-director, with Claudio Saunt, of both the Center for Virtual History and the Digital Humanities Initiative on the UGA campus. A Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, Berry’s work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies.
WORKSHOP: “The Digital Humanities at A(nother) Crossroads.” In an informal brown-bag setting historian Stephen Berry, Co-Director of the University of Georgia’s Digital Humanities Initiative, will discuss the major trends and players in digital humanities with an emphasis on how information technologies are reshaping, but not revolutionizing, humanities research and teaching. October 22nd at noon, in Usdan 108
TALK: “CSI Dixie: Death Investigation and the Civil War Era South.” Come learn what the morgue can tell us about life and death in the nineteenth-century South. Based on a deep reading of the extant coroners’ inquests for the state of South Carolina, Berry provides glimpses into the sad intimacies inherent in the varied ways people go out of the world. “No society should be judged solely from its morgue,” Berry concludes, “but every society has to answer for its morgue.” October 22nd at 4:15pm, in Wyllys 112