Beyond Bichitra

Part of the Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences book series (QMHSS)


This chapter is divided into three parts. The first suggests some improvements to Bichitra as it stands, like direct access to particular images, synchronization of image and transcript, and provision of more links. The second suggests value additions in the form of new functions like topic modelling and more extensive multimedia components. It also points out the innovation involved in working these functions in non-Latin fonts. The last and longest section, ‘New Directions’, comprises the project director’s suggestions and speculations about using the Bichitra corpus for further development of textual computing generally. In particular, he argues for the special promise held out by large textual corpora in developing more precise ways of analyzing ‘big data’, paying more attention to their detailed contents. To achieve this, he suggests a series of progressively refined investigations of textual data in the light of its context: semantic and syntactical, literal and metaphoric.


Topic Modelling Textual Data Digital Humanity Distant Reading Wide Vocabulary 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia

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