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Cultures of Visualization: Adam Smith’s Index and Topic Modeling

Jeffrey Binder, Graduate Center, City University of New York Collin Jennings, New York University   Our project situates topic modeling historically by investigating its paper-based antecedents. Our current focus is a comparison between the eighteenth-century subject index—a genre that reflects the period’s emphasis on producing systematic knowledge—and the twenty-first-century topic modeling method known as Latent…Continue reading.