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Outliers: the Unusual and the Regular

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, November 10, 2021. 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
CESTA (Fourth Floor, Bldg 160) and over Zoom
Workshop: 
Critical Data Practices in Humanities Research
Meeting Description: 

One of the disciplinary differences that has surfaced in our turn to computation is the question of what we do about outliers. For fields that are interested in means, averages and majorities, outliers potentially represent noise within the data. For fields, however, that primarily study individual works or people, outliers are often the subject of study themselves, whether because they are exemplary or simply because they are unusual. And for fields whose data is fragmented by time or access, simply differentiating outliers within a sample can be a challenge. How do we handle the appearance of outliers in our data? Do we use them to drive our attention or discard them as unrepresentative of our sample? Have computational methods changed our disciplinary approaches to bring our work closer together, or have they pushed us farther apart?

Discussants:
Alison McQueen (Assistant Professor of Political Science), Giovanna Ceserani (Associate Professor of Classics), Nick Gardner (PhD Candidate, Classics), Maciej Kurzynski (PhD Candidate, East Asian Languages & Cultures)

This is a hybrid format event. Refreshments will be available at 5:00 p.m. at CESTA for in-person attendees. 
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