YAPC::Europe 2011 in Riga

YAPC::Europe 2011 “Modern Perl”

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Medieval Perl: charting the history of medieval texts with a modern language

By Tara Andrews (‎aurum‎) from London.pm
Date: Tuesday, 16 August 2011 16:10
Duration: 40 minutes
Target audience: Any
Language: English
Tags: analysis literary manuscript medieval perl stemmatology text


How much can computational analysis tell us about our medieval literary heritage that we don't know already?

What is it like to write computer programs for humanities research?

How cool is it to be using medieval manuscripts as an excuse to finally get around to playing with 'modern' Perl toys like Catalyst and Moose?

Attendees of previous talks in 2008 and 2009 will know about "manuscript genetics", i.e. the reconstruction of manuscript copying history using methods from bio-informatics, but how well does this really work, and what else can we find out? I will discuss my current research project into the art (or science - it's controversial) of computational text criticism, how we figure out what sorts of analysis we can usefully do, and how much I have grown to like Catalyst.

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