Graphical Approaches to the Digital Humanities

By | November 6, 2018

For this week, we read the article, Graphical Approaches to the Digital Humanities by Johnna Drucker. The first main point to outline are the different types of graphical representations that are used. The following is a short list of potential mediums to display data, many being used across the same data which might reveal different incites. A few forms to mention are: pie charts, scatter plots, bar charts, network diagrams, tree diagrams, etc. We also not the evolution of these certain graphical representations through the years. We can assume that over time, different methods were created to display the same data in new and unique ways. For example, bar charts were a rather new addition to the forms of graphical representation. Bar charts were invented and first used in the fields of accounting and statistics.


Further commenting onĀ  ‘sjaloway’ work, we note the following block of text from the article, “From a critical point of view, however, the message is more skeptical and suggests a radical rethinking of the epistemological assumptions that the statisticians have bequeathed us. The fault is not with the source, since it is the borrowing for humanistic projects that is problematic, not the statistical graphics themselves. They work just fine for statistical matters (Borner, 2010). There is an important like between the humanities and the underlying statistics of graphical representation. In many cases, the underlying statistics can account for the accuracy in the data and the following interpretations may be wrong. This alludes to the importance to choose the proper medium to display data and be sure the your following conclusions on that data align with the unbiased incite.

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