Nov. 12, 2012

“Mining the Dispatch” digital history project uses text-mining to analyze themes from Civil War-era newspapers

News reports from the Civil War contain an abundance of themes and text. Due to the enormity of the coverage during the four years of the war, it is nearly impossible for individual historians to analyze – until now.
Changing this is “Mining the Dispatch,” a project developed at the University of Richmond's Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL). Mining applies computational techniques to the study of Civil War news, giving historians new ways to see both broad and subtle patterns in the way the...

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