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University of Toronto St. George
Adam Hammond

September 26, 2012 A quantitative approach to literary analysis Qualitative Data: - Deals with descriptions Quantitative Data: - Data can be observed but not - Deals with numbers measured - Data which can be measured - Colors, textures, smells, tastes, - Length, height, area, volume, appearance, beauty, etc. weight, speed, time, cost, etc. - Qualitative  Quality - Quantitative  Quantity BOOKS: Qualitative BOOKS: Quantitative - White pages, black cover - 5x8 - Smells like perfume - $100 - Deals with themes of - 200 pages knowledge - 70,000 words - Moving and beautiful - Presenting things in a more objective way - But we are dealing with an e-Book…. o Pages are no longer tangible o Smells are gone o Page numbers go out the window - BUT computers can count words instantaneously Literary Equation: Type/Token Ratio (Types/tokens) x 100 (Unique words/ total number of words) x 100 What does a Type/Token Ratio Tell us? - The diversity of the writers vocabulary o Doesn’t necessarily say good or bad - How lexically diverse a piece of literature is - Shorter texts are going to have higher type/token ratios - You cannot meaningfully compare texts of different lengths o Choose a segment (ie. first 1000 words) - Things that are dialogue heavy are likely to have a lower TTR - Plays are low because each character is repeated at the beginning of each of their lines - TTRs are only useful for comparison – and they only yield valid comparisons when based on a standardized sample size (“apples to apples”) - When comparing a group of texts, standardize the sample size to the total number of tokens in the shortest text. Some text analysis tools and how to use them Get a Text to Analyze: - Find an electronic text: Project Gutenberg Australia (on homepage) - Download the file as Plain Text (UTF-8) - Open the file and remove any header or footer information contained in the file – anything that isn’t part of the ‘text’ - Save the file to be sure you’ve gotten rid of the
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