Data Mining

My sources are not digitized, so I would not undertake a large scale data mining project. I will likely use data mining as an exploratory tool for my research. I might use keyword searching to assess how use of words like “citizen” or “nation” changed over time. In addition, I might compare how Americans wrote about African Americans, Native Americans, and German Americans. I see more applications for data mining in my teaching. Explorations of data mining tools provide excellent opportunities for students to see new conclusions in historical data and to assess the possibilities of digital history.

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