From Words to Numbers: Narrative, Data, and Social Science

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Cambridge University Press, 2004 M05 24 - 476 pages
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This book illustrates a set of tools - story grammars, relational data models, and network models - that can be profitably used for the collection, organization, and analysis of narrative data in socio-historical research. A story grammar, or Subject-Action-Object and their modifiers, is the linguistic tool the author uses to structure narrative for the purpose of collecting event data. Relational database models make such complex data collection schemes practically feasible in a computer environment. Finally, network models are a statistical tool best suited to analyze this type of data. Driven by the metaphors of the journal (from ... to) and the alchemy (words into numbers), the book leads the reader throughout a number of paths, from substantive to methodological issues, across time and disciplines: sociology, linguistics, literary criticism, history, statistics, computer science, philosophy, cognitive psychology, political science.
 

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Contents

Before
1
1
27
Ars Memoriae
62
Everything Is Number
98
Journeys
131
Whats in the Numbers?
157
A Worlde of Wordes
193
Journeys Ends
237
Tales of Measurement
274
And After
309
Appendix
339
References
399
Index
445
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