Deliberate Practice For Developing Academically

We all want to get better, we all want to be the best at what we do and I’m no different. I’ve been wondering about how to maximise my independent study so as to best make use of my time and I think I’ve found some answers.

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Masculinities in Cyberspace – Schmitz & Kazyak – Part 2 (Methodology)

Following on from last week’s methodology, the time has come to talk about findings! I’m really excited to talk about the findings here as they are attempting to bucket the methods and strategies that Men’s Rights Activists are using online both to create their own identities and to convince others by progressing their arguments. Their research questions were;

  • ” are the sampled MRA groups antithetical to feminism and the goals of gender equality?”
  • ” what strategies do online MRA groups utilize to delegitimize feminism and the goals of gender equality?”

Lets dive back in!

Schmitz, R. M., & Kazyak, E. (2016). Masculinities in Cyberspace: An Analysis of Portrayals of Manhood in Men’s Rights Activist Websites. Social Sciences5(2), 18.

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Comparing Corpora using Frequency Profiling – Rayson & Garside

If you want to learn how to do a technique then it might be an idea to check the source of the technique in the first place. Whilst Rayson and Garside didn’t invent the technique, they perfected it! In the last post I explained how I implemented their work, this post is all about the ins and outs of their paper that has been cited a huge 492 times!

Rayson, P., & Garside, R. (2000, October). Comparing corpora using frequency profiling. In Proceedings of the workshop on Comparing Corpora(pp. 1-6). Association for Computational Linguistics.

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Masculinities in Cyberspace – Schmitz & Kazyak

You know me, I’m fascinated by masculinities online and when I came across this citation I just couldn’t resist! I’m usually a stickler for methodology in gender research but this paper really got me thinking. I’ll admit it’s not my perfect cup of tea…

But it’s pretty close!

Schmitz, R. M., & Kazyak, E. (2016). Masculinities in Cyberspace: An Analysis of Portrayals of Manhood in Men’s Rights Activist Websites. Social Sciences5(2), 18.

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The Mann-Whitney-Wilcoxon U-Test For Corpus Linguistics (Python)

I’m currently working on the analysis for the counter/analysis of the hypothesis proposed in this paper I read recently and I thought I might share back in how I’m the data do my bidding.

All cards on the table: I’m using Python 2.7 on a laptop with an i7 in it on a corpus of 14000 tweets pulled from a set of seed keywords that are linked to AAVE and a comparison corpus that is based on general Twitter usage.

Good? Good! I’ll start with the process, then cover some of the theory of why you’d use the Mann Whitney Wilcoxon, why it works in my case and then finally how it works!

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Information Retreival – Tzoukerman, Klavans, and Strzalkowski

How can we query a large database and get the most relevant text documents? What methodology displays the best results and what does this tell us about the nature of our language and our existing methodologies of research? Tell me honestly that none of those questions grabs your interest and I’ll call you a liar!

Tzoukerman, Klavans & Strzalkowski. “Oxford Handbook of Computational Linguistics.” Edited by R. Mitkov (2003).

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You Da Man – Mucholtz

Why and how is black masculinity replicated by white boys in a mixed race US high school? The answer may only be regarding one boy, in one racially charged situation but it does offer some pointers on how masculinity is represented in linguistics.

Bucholtz, M. (1999). You da man: Narrating the racial other in the production of white masculinity. Journal of sociolinguistics, 3(4), 443-460.

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Corpus Anotation

On the back of the corpus chapter that I read through here, I thought that I would pick up an old project that I might explain in another post. Long story short, I wanted to try to build a system that will take input text and return innuendo. I chose innuendo as a form of humour because of seeming ease that anything can be twisted meaning training material for the system would be fruitful.

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Corpus Linguistics – Tony McEnery

I went into this chapter (24 in the Oxford Handbook of Computational Linguistics) to answer a question that motivated me to get the book in the first place: “How should I extract a quantitive proof from a corpus?”. Unfortunately, it didn’t answer this question but it did provide a great jumping off point for further research.

Mitkov, R. (2005). The Oxford handbook of computational linguistics. Oxford University Press.

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