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Classical Chinese DH: Getting Started

By Donald Sturgeon This is the first in a series of online tutorials introducing basic digital humanities techniques using the Python programming language and the Chinese Text Project API. These tutorials are based in part on material covered in the … Continue reading

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When n-grams go bad

As a followup to Google n-grams and pre-modern Chinese, other features of the Google n-gram viewer may help shed some light on the issues with the pre-1950 data for Chinese. One useful feature is wildcard search, which allows various open-ended … Continue reading

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Google n-grams and pre-modern Chinese

The Google n-gram viewer allows real-time searching of the frequencies of words and word sequences over time across a large corpus of texts digitized as part of the Google Books project. Without getting into the debate as to whether things … Continue reading

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China Biographical Database

The China Biographical Database Project (CBDB) describes itself as “an online relational database with biographical information about approximately 328,000 individuals as of May 2014, primarily from the 7th through 19th centuries”. A joint project of Harvard’s Fairbank Center for Chinese … Continue reading

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Ming Qing Women’s Writings

The Ming Qing Women’s Writings (明清婦女著作) site provides a carefully curated database of women’s writing from the Ming, Qing, and Republican periods of Chinese history. The database contains a wealth of information about authors and individual texts (and poems) within … Continue reading

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