Computing in Social Science, Arts and Humanities

Computing in Social Science, Arts and Humanities

  • David Charles Wright-Carr added an answer:
    Eye Tracking Devices and Art?
    Eye Tracking Devices (ETDs), developed in Berlin for studies carried out in the International Space Station from 2004 to 2008, and now commercially available from Chronos Vision (, among other companies, have potential for studying how we perceive art.

    In the last decade researchers have used this technology to try to replicate Russian psychologist Alfred L. Yarbus's classic studies of eye movements and art, published in English in 1967 (Yarbus used relatively crude techniques to measure ocular fixations and saccades):

    Marianne Lipps & Jeff B. Pelz, “Yarbus revisited: task-dependent oculomotor behavior,” in Journal of Vision (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology), vol. 4, no. 8, August 13, 2004, article 15 (, access: January 25, 2014).

    Jonathan D. Nelson, Garrison W. Cottrell, Javier R. Movellan & Martin I. Sereno, “Yarbus lives: a foveated exploration of how task influences saccadic eye movement,” in Journal of Vision (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology), vol. 4, no. 8, August 13, 2004, article 741 (, access: January 25, 2014).

    Does anybody know of other studies using ETDs to study how we look at art?
    David Charles Wright-Carr · Universidad de Guanajuato

    You're welcome, Carla. In fact, it's on my desk now, and I plan on reading all the way through it after finishing the articles in Is the visual world a grand illusion (just two articles to go) and Varela, Thompson & Rosch's book The embodied mind: Cognitive science and human experience. I guess Yarbus can wait in line meanwhile. (The terrible thing is that I have committed myself to producing a critical edition of an 18th century manuscript and a paper on early colonial native pictorial codices, all in the next few months; sometimes I think I'm spreading myself to thin. I guess the next step is to get the situation under control and try to work on one project at a time. Strangely, all these areas of inquiry seem to complement each other somehow.)

  • Richard Rutherford added an answer:
    Teaching a class on 'digital classics' in the spring. Suggested readings, anyone?
    Students will start at a low level of technical competency
    Richard Rutherford · University of Portland

    Thanks for the thread... Just following as interested party and wondering whether the online resources at ISAW (NYU) might be helpful? If not yet familiar with their offerings, see: Good luck with the new course.

  • Djellel Eddine added an answer:
    How can we determine weight of trust in crowdsourced answers/information?
    The growth of the crowd sourced solutioneering phenomenon shows how people will engage and support knowledge development. However, how much confidence can we have in a crowd sourced answer, where we don't know participants, and also some people may be trying to obstruct answers?
    Djellel Eddine · Université de Fribourg

    By comparing with the other answers, you can establish a trust on certain workers. The following "ZenCrowd" technique requires:

    • Run multiple repetitions for each task, ideally >=3.
    • Have a bit of training data, ~5%.
    • note: It was only applied to Multiple choice questions.

    Gianluca Demartini, Djellel Eddine Difallah, and Philippe Cudré-Mauroux: ZenCrowd: Leveraging Probabilistic Reasoning and Crowdsourcing Techniques for Large-Scale Entity Linking. 21st International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2012), Lyon (France), April 16-20, 2012.

  • Ignacio Nieto added an answer:
    Is there anybody who has done research about empathy and eye tracking system?
    Im working for my master thesis, on the fields of: education, computer vision and empathy with children with disabilities. Im starting to program a an aplication who meassure empathy between two groups, and I'm very interested to measure empathy with some device that can just sense the eye.
    Ignacio Nieto · University of Chile

    Hello Saima I dont know Tobii T120 eye tracker, the one they use for the experiment (van Rijn mail, Barendse, Goozen, Swaab), but it seems, that its all done. Using that technology you can report  a heat map without programming it for example

    In these sense the authors said about the experiemnt

    "Gaze data were processed using Tobii Studio (3.0), using the Tobii I-VT fixation filter. The ‘Dynamic AOI (Area of Interest)’ tool, using freeform shapes, was used to draw AOI's. Dynamic AOIs were grouped into the following categories: facial features (without mouth and eyes), eyes, mouth, body, objects and other (i.e. on the screen, outside other AOI's)."

    Also you can work with the Eye Tribe and test heat map making an account in Eyeproof

    When you referer to: "mathematical computations that eye tracking system", what you will need to finish your study? In my case is a little bit more complex Im finishing I hope a first aproach of my research the next week a theorical one. Then I rebuild a software that can detect bad words written by childs with aphasia / SLI. Finally I will meassure empathy.  But all works and people are welcome!


  • Trevor G Bond added an answer:
    Classical test theory and probabilistic test theory: supplementary or contradictory?
    I imagine the following scenario: You have 12 items that measure 2 sub dimensions of a construct, 6 items each construct.

    Say the construct is happiness, the sub dimensions were eudaimonic and hedonic happiness. You find the 2 sub dimensions in an exploratory factor analysis, just as theory says.

    But the Rasch model does not fit each sub dimension. It fits when you analyze ALL items at once. Can we now combine these insights? E.g. we measured each sub dimension reliably and therefore we can assume that items 1e-6e assess eudaimonia, 1h-6h measure hedonia. These items are then labeled with the respective dimension. In Rasch analysis with all items we would then find that 8.3% (=100%/12) participants were measured well per item. Hedonic item 1h has the largest logit, eudaimonic item 1e the second largest, hedonic 2h the third largest, eudaimonic 2e the fourth etc.
    Could we now argue that in the case of happiness the item 1h assesses the most happy persons and this happiness is of hedonic nature?

    In case I messed it up or anything is not clear, please ask.
    Trevor G Bond · James Cook University

    But MIRT is more useful at the estimation of groups, not individual persons

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    Peter T Breuer · Birmingham City University

    @Rodrigo  you will get a better response if you write stuff that has not been passed through a Chinese version of Google Translate. It's completely incomprehensible. Please take care.

    I''ll help you out.

    (No, I haven't killed a bird - or watered a horseradish; similes do not translate).

    @Robert - what Rodrigo is trying to evaluate is how secure people think TrueCrypt is against a certain class of attack. Of course, this is an intrinsically doomed way of going about getting stats. Once people have their attention drawn to the idea that they may be vulnerable to some problem they know nothing at all about, they're not going to play.

    Then there's the problem that about 0.1% of the readers will have even heard of the utility.

    Perhaps one can ask instead: have you ever changed the password on a truecrypt volume, and if so, why?  Was it because you always use the same password for everything and it got compromised? So you decided to start using a new password everywhere?

  • Don Knox added an answer:
    What are some good tools for emotion extraction from audio features?
    I'm looking for a good tool to extract audio features like Mel-frequency, energy, etc. from a sound file. As my final aim is to extract the emotion of the speaker in the audio, it would be most preferable if I could have a tool that already does basic emotion extraction. I have come across some tools like:
    OpenEAR -
    YAAFE -
    Which could be useful for this task, but I have found that their user-base is not too much and so the tools themselves do not seem to be too user-friendly. Also, since I have still not started working with them, I wanted to know whether there are any better tools available that do the same task, in a better or easier way.
    Don Knox · Glasgow Caledonian University
    We use the MIR Toolbox, Psysound, Marsayas.
  • Yaakov HaCohen-Kerner added an answer:
    Can anyone help with natural language processing on screenplays?
    Is anyone aware of any studies applying NLP techniques to screenplay text? I'm aware of some network analytics work, but more interested in studies that apply text analytics techniques.
    Yaakov HaCohen-Kerner · Jerusalem College of Technology
    Dear Gerard,

    Some additional relevant papers might be the following:

    Jhala, A. (2008). Exploiting Structure and Conventions of Movie Scripts for Information Retrieval and Text Mining. In Interactive Storytelling (pp. 210-213). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.‏
    Walker, M. A., Lin, G. I., & Sawyer, J. (2012). An Annotated Corpus of Film Dialogue for Learning and Characterizing Character Style. In LREC (pp. 1373-1378).‏
    Kundu, A., Das, D., & Bandyopadhyay, S. (2012, December). Speaker identification from film dialogues. In Intelligent Human Computer Interaction (IHCI), 2012 4th International Conference on (pp. 1-4). IEEE.‏
    Kundu, A. (2013). Identification of Speakers and Scenes from Movie Dialogue(Doctoral dissertation, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Jadavpur University, India).‏
    Agarwal, A., Balasubramanian, S., Zheng, J., & Dash, S. (2014). Parsing Screenplays for Extracting Social Networks from Movies. EACL 2014, 50-58.‏

    Best regards,
  • Brian Prasad added an answer:
    What is the best qualitative method to understand how to shape knowledge management strategies in a public university?
    Knowledge management
    Brian Prasad · California Institute of Technology
    I am not very knowledgeable on shaping knowledge management strategies in a public university? Since I have worked more number of years in Industries than university.
    I also believe industries are more up in the use of KM strategies than universities are.

    You may find this paper interesting to that effect.

    Total value management — a knowledge management concept for integrating TQM into concurrent product and process development

    Let me know if you find it applicable? Thanks!!
  • Tahir Sousa added an answer:
    Are there new ways of identification of clauses in sentences?
    What are the best ways to identify clauses in a sentence? I would like to not only extract clauses from a sentence but also identify the type of clause it is. i.e. dependent or independent clause.

    A clause is grammatically defined as the part of the sentence having a subject and predicate. For example consider the sentence:
    "In fact, the last time he tried to lose weight, he ended up actually gaining weight."

    "He tried to lose weight" is a dependent clause while,
    "He ended up actually gaining weight" is an independent clause.

    I have come across some results from CONLL but these are pretty old (2001), so I was wondering whether anyone has an idea to some better work done on this subject.
    Tahir Sousa · Technical University Darmstadt
    Thanks for all the suggestions everyone! I'm going to take a couple of days to go through all the links and material you have suggested. I'm sure I'll be able to find a nice way to solve the problem with this help. Thanks!
  • Daniel Graziotin added an answer:
    Is there a standard format for technical reports?
    I am writing a technical report describing a piece of software I created for psychological research so that others who use my software can cite it. Is there a standardized format for such a report? Where would you recommend "publishing" it?
    Daniel Graziotin · Libera Università di Bozen-Bolzano
    Great! Good luck with the peer review process.
  • Gerard Lynch added an answer:
    Does anybody know of any freely available annotated resources containing multiple same language translations of the same source text
    To perform automated analysis of parallel translations of the same works.
    Gerard Lynch · University College Dublin
    I found some work which is headed in the direction that I'm interested in, creating parallel data sources of translations and source texts
    I'm not sure if these resources are actually concrete or available yet though.
  • Pandy Periasamy added an answer:
    How can we appeal to students interested in social computing and computational economics?
    I want to foster interest in my department's graduate program by appealing to students who want to do research in social computing and computational economics. Has anyone had good experiences with modern approaches (social media, for example)? Has it been difficult to find students with sufficiently diverse backgrounds (economics + computer science + math + sociology/anthropology/psychology)?
    Pandy Periasamy · Agni College of Technolgy
    thanks for sharing, i do teach MBA students here in India,I will teach them interestingly because before i start teaching them , let me learn the subject through and go to them with full confidence and teach them with interesting facts and figures by quoting more examples ( the examples would be more of things which are happening around them.Easy ya.
  • Nasim Mahmud added an answer:
    (As an academia) How would you evaluate a social computing system?
    When comes the evaluation of a social computing system, definitely one of the primary challenges is the number of participants. One obvious problem is how to evaluate the functionality of it. For instance, if you want to evaluate facebook at its early stage, it will create no meaning. Another example could be, if you ask a user in the very early stage of wikis-- whether she would like to read from wikis, definite reply will be no. An utterly rejection by the users is still the most powerful invention in time--wikis and social networking sites. Now I am interested to know, how would you evaluate a new social computing system?

    An argument could be, facebook or wiki proved itself by time, but as an academia--you can not publish your invention in a good venue without an evaluation within the current review format. What is your opinion?
    [ Example: Arranging conference that only targets the ingenuity ]
    Nasim Mahmud · University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB)
    To me it seems interesting as well as alarming that there is no reply in "researchgate," a social networking plat form when the question is about evaluating social computing systems! Alas! Can it be wake-up call?

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