We are eight summers of undergraduates exploring digitized texts and building tools. Michael Drout, Scott Kleinman, Mark LeBlanc are blending start-up and research cultures to build and apply tools for introductory explorations of your favorite collection of texts.
Dr. Michael Drout. Anglo-Saxon scholar, Professor of English at Wheaton College. Mike enjoys the study of really old writing, writing from way, way before you were born. Drout has written extensively on medieval literature, including articles on Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon wills, the Old English translation of the Rule of Chrodegang, the Exeter Book ‘wisdom poems’ and Anglo-Saxon medical texts. Drout’s English grammar book, King Alfred’s Grammar, is available at his website, www.michaeldrout.com, where you can hear him read you some Anglo-Saxon as a bedtime story.
Dr. Scott Kleinman. Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Digital Humanities
at California State University, Northridge. Scott is a classic digital humanities professor: studying Middle English verse one moment and cutting code the next. Scott is lead developer in the latest release of Lexos software as well as a client, sharing effective practice with Lexos in his graduate and undergraduate courses.
Dr. Mark D. LeBlanc. Professor of Computer Science at Wheaton College. LeBlanc teaches ‘computing for poets’ (an undergraduate introduction to text mining experiments, currently taught using Python) and has supervised the development of many software tools and computational experiments in genomics and lexomics. Throughout the year, Mark tries to manage the software-types.
Cheng Zhang ’18. Cheng is leading our current refactoring efforts, prompting the group of eight developers to adopt PEP8 standards, type hinting, unit testing with code coverage, continuous integration, and more!
Professor Tom Armstrong (Computer Science, Wheaton College) led us to the power of scikit-learn modules and cluster validation measures. Professor Mike Kahn (Statistics, Wheaton College) was invaluable as he led our efforts to apply and refine our use of unsupervised methods.