Christof Schöch

Christof Schöch
Universität Trier · Center for Digital Humanities

M.A., Dr. phil.

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Introduction
Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Trier, Germany, and Co-Director of the Trier Center for Digital Humanities. Also, mentor of the early-career research group Computational Literary Genre Stylistics (CLiGS) at the University of Würzburg, chair of the COST Action Distant Reading for European Literary History, and president of the Digital Humanities Association for the German-speaking area (DHd).
Additional affiliations
October 2017 - present
Universität Trier
Position
  • Professor (Full)
April 2014 - present
University of Wuerzburg
Position
  • Principal Investigator
April 2011 - March 2014
University of Wuerzburg
Position
  • DARIAH-DE, AP 2 Research and Education
Description
  • Digital Humanities
Education
May 2004 - October 2008
Kassel University / Université Paris-Sorbonne Paris-IV
Field of study
  • French Literature
October 1996 - November 2003
University of Freiburg
Field of study
  • French, Spanish, English, Psychology

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Publications (42)
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There is a set of statistical measures developed mostly in corpus and computational linguistics and information retrieval, known as keyness measures, which are generally expected to detect textual features that account for differences between two texts or groups of texts. These measures are based on the frequency, distribution, or dispersion of wor...
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The concept of literary genre is a highly complex one: not only are different genres frequently defined on several, but not necessarily the same levels of description, but consideration of genres as cognitive, social, or scholarly constructs with a rich history further complicate the matter. This contribution focuses on thematic aspects of genre wi...
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The CLiGS textbox is published by the Computational Literary Genre Stylistics (CLiGS) group. The textbox is the group’s publication channel for several collections of literary texts. We describe the rationale for the manner in which the collections of literary texts included in the textbox have been compiled, annotated, and published. Furthermore,...
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Die stetig voranschreitende Digitalisierung literarischer Texte verschiedenster Sprachen, Epochen und Gattungen stellt die Literaturwissenschaften immer wieder vor die Frage, wie sie diese Entwicklung mitgestalten und zu ihrem Vorteil nutzen können. Dabei ist digital nicht gleich digital, sondern es existiert eine Vielzahl sehr unterschiedlicher, d...
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The comparative, contrasting analysis of two or more texts or groups of texts is a method widely used in linguistics and literary studies. In Corpus Linguistics, Computational Linguistics and Digital Literary Studies, relevant measures of distinctiveness or keyness have been developed for the contrastive analysis of texts and have been applied to a...
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This article builds on a mathematical explanation of one the most prominent stylometric measures, Burrows's Delta (and its variants), to understand and explain its working. Starting with the conceptual separation between feature selection , feature scaling, and distance measures, we have designed a series of controlled experiments in which we used...
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Die Produktion gesicherten Wissens in der Forschung ist (gemeinsam mit der Vermittlung solchen Wissens und entsprechender Methoden in der Lehre) eine der grundlegenden Aufgaben des Wissenschaftssystems. Dabei ist mit dem Begriff der Wissensproduktion der Prozess gemeint, in dem aus vorgefundenen oder eigens erhobenen Daten durch das Erkennen und Do...
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Quantitative Methoden der Datenanalyse werden in den digitalen Geisteswissenschaften in den unterschiedlichsten Bereichen und mit vielfältigen Motivationen eingesetzt. Mit der zunehmenden Verfügbarkeit größerer digitaler Bestände an geisteswissenschaftlich relevanten Daten wird der Einsatz quantitativer Methoden zugleich möglich und erforderlich. S...
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Forschung in den digitalen Geisteswissenschaften ist in der Regel datenbasiert, insofern in der Regel eine digitale Repräsentation der Untersuchungsgegenstände vorliegt, die mit Hilfe des Computers bearbeitet, analysiert und/oder verbreitet werden kann. Zudem wird meist nicht nur ein einzelnes Beispiel, sondern eine Gruppe von Gegenständen untersuc...
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1972–1976 Maschinenbau-Studium; 1977–1980 Industrie-Schweißer; 1980–1982 Philosophie- und Musik-Studium; 1982 erster Roman Sortie d’usine (Feierabend, 1987, E. Völk); seitdem zahlreiche monographische Veröffentlichungen: Romane, Erzählungen, Biographien, Essays; Verbindung von sozial engagierter Literatur und selbstbezüglicher Arbeit an der Sprache...
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In this article, we present current stylometric studies on Delta. (1) We discuss why the use of cosine similarity improves the rate of success; our experiments on vector normalization lead to a better understanding of how Delta works. (2) Based on a corpus of Middle High German texts, we show that metrical properties can also be used for authorship...
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Classifying and categorizing the activities that comprise "digital humanities" has been a longstanding area of interest for many practitioners in this field, fueled by ongoing attempts to define digital humanities both within the academy and in the public sphere. The emergence of directories that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries has also s...
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The poster introduces a German edition of the Taxonomy of Digital Research Activities in the Humanities (TaDiRAH).
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The concept of literary genre is a highly complex one: not only are different genres frequently defined on several, but not necessarily the same levels of description, but consideration of genres as cognitive, social, or scholarly constructs with a rich history further complicate the matter. This contribution focuses on thematic aspects of genre wi...
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Burrows's Delta is the most established measure for stylometric difference in literary authorship attribution. Several improvements on the original Delta have been proposed. However , a recent empirical study showed that none of the proposed variants constitute a major improvement in terms of authorship attri-bution performance. With this paper, we...
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We report on building a computational model of romantic relationships in a corpus of historical literary texts. We frame this task as a ranking problem in which, for a given character, we try to assign the highest rank to the character with whom (s)he is most likely to be romantically involved. As data we use a publicly available corpus of French 1...
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Language and literary studies have studied style for centuries, and even since the advent of ›stylistics‹ as a discipline at the beginning of the twentieth century, definitions of ›style‹ have varied heavily across time, space and fields. Today, with increasingly large collections of literary texts being made available in digital form, computationa...
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In the history of novelistic description, the transition from the Enlightenment to Romanticism and realism marks an important shift. The status of description, as with the modalities of its integration in the narrative context, changes. The descriptive practice of Balzac is compared here to that of the Enlightenment novel. The benefit of the digita...
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Este artículo presenta el concepto Humanidades Digitales, con especial atención en actuales proyectos que se están realizando en Alemania que trabajan aspectos de la cultura hispánica. En la primera sección del artículo, se hace un breve resumen sobre las características generales de las Humanidades Digitales, así como sus principales focos de inte...
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p>Review of: Joanna Stalnaker, The Unfinished Enlightenment. Description in the Age of the Encyclopedia , Ithaca and London : Cornell University Press, 2010, 240 p., EAN 9780801448645.</p
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p>Né en 1953, François Bon publie son premier livre, Sortie d'usine , en 1982. Étudier ses textes, c'est se consacrer à une œuvre qui donne une place éminente à une nouvelle confrontation avec le réel. Sans oublier « l'ère du soupçon » qu'a représenté le nouveau roman ni l'apport immense des « années théoriques », ses textes ne cessent de renouvele...
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The workshop on Quantitative Text Analysis for Literary History was the first in a series of DARIAH-DE expert workshops and took place from November 22 to 23 at the University of Würzburg, Germany. It was organized by Fotis Jannidis and Christof Schöch of the Department for Literary Computing, University of Würzburg, and brought together experts in...
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This paper presents a newly developed framework for online publishing of scholarly text editions based on the recommendations of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). At the core of our publishing framework is the idea of providing support for delivery of TEI-encoded documents in Drupal, a popular, fairly powerful, modular, and easy-to-use Content Ma...
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When François-Joseph Bérardier de Bataut first published his Essai sur le récit, ou entretiens sur la manière de raconter in 1776, the book received enthusiastic reviews and was praised for being an instructive account of the art of storytelling. This fact has not, however, prevented the book from being all but forgotten today. The present contribu...
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L’objet de cet ouvrage est la théorie et la pratique de la description dans le roman français des Lumières, plus précisément entre 1760 et 1800. Son objectif est de donner du relief à un épisode négligé quoiqu’important de l’histoire de la description romanesque. Dans cette perspective, trois enjeux de la description sont analysés : la notion de de...
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Dans le cadre conceptuel d'une histoire des idées esthétiques, la présente contribution met à profit la perspective de la temporalité pour montrer l'existence d'une couche sémantique souvent négligée du génie créateur, celle de ses nombreux attributs temporels. La contribution procède à une relecture d'un certain nombre de textes pertinents de la s...
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p> Abstract : The subject of this work is the theory and practice of descriptive writing in the French novel of the Age of Enlightenment, more precisely during the period from 1760 to 1800. The goal is to give clearer contours to this neglected but important chapter in the history of the description in the novel. With this goal in mind, three centr...
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In this paper, we describe an interdisciplinary project in which visualization techniques were developed for and applied to scholarly work from literary studies. The aim was to bring Christof Schöch's electronic edition of Bérardier de Bataut's Essai sur le récit (1776) to the web. This edition is based on the Text Encoding Initiative's XML-based e...
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In this poster, we describe an interdisciplinary project in which visualization techniques were developed for and applied to scholarly work from literary studies. The aim was to bring Christof Schoe’s electronic edition of Berardier de Bataut’s Essai sur le r’ecit (1776) to the web.

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