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Machine Learning and the Future of Philology

December 9, 2022 · 9:00 am5:00 pm · Firestone Library, Floor B and Zoom

Center for Digital Humanities; Manuscript, Rare Book and Archive Studies Initiative; Center for Statistics and Machine Learning

What will philology become in the wake of the digital revolution? How can computer vision, handwritten text recognition, natural language processing, deep neural networks and/or other forms of machine learning refine the arsenal of techniques for studying pre-modern evidence?

This works-in-progress symposium will feature six teams of Princeton scholars who are applying machine learning to manuscripts, rare books, archives, inscriptions, coins and other pre-1600 texts. Presentations will include projects on materials in Syriac, Hebrew, Latin, Greek, Chinese and English. David Smith (Computer Science, Northeastern) will offer remarks.

The symposium will take place at the CDH on Friday, December 9, 2022, 9 am to 5 pm at the Center for Digital Humanities (B Floor, Firestone Library) and on Zoom.

This event is co-organized by the Center for Digital Humanities and the Manuscript, Rare Book and Archive Studies Initiative, with support from the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning. This symposium is intended as the first of a pair; the second will take place in 2023–24 and solicit proposals from beyond the Princeton community.

A provisional schedule is available on the CDH website.

This event is limited to Princeton affiliates. Please register here.

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