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Computational approaches to image and text analysis

Claudia Engel
Academic Technology Specialist and Lecturer, Department of Anthropology
Date and Time: 
Monday, April 27, 2020 - 12:30

Via Zoom, Meeting ID 899 284 722
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Social science researchers are increasingly enlisting computer-driven analysis to help their research and Anthropology is no exception. A wealth of digitized material has opened up opportunities for computer-assisted analysis. Equally, a growing variety of tools have begun to lower the threshold of expertise required to computationally process large datasets.

In this brown bag I will address the question of how and to what extent computation might play a role in anthropological scholarship. Two works-in-progress will serve as case studies: a geographic and textual analysis of Marx' "Kapital" and the exploration of 150,000 archaeological images with AI and computer vision.


Claudia Engel is an Academic Technology Specialist and Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research, Stanford Libraries, at Stanford University. Her academic training is in historical demography, and her technical expertise is in collaborative technologies and GIS for anthropological research. Claudia has received several degrees from the University of Göttingen, Germany -- these include a B.S. in Educational Sciences, a M.S. in Biology and a Ph.D. in Anthropology.