Class 7 (English 238 – Fall 2019)

Class Business

  • Enrollment
  • Office hours this week: Wed. 1-2
  • Tech support for the course: Ryan Leach’s drop-in hours in Transcriptions Center (see Transcriptions site)
  • Readings for next class
  • Presentations in last week of course
    • Research Proposal assignment
    • Presentation in Class 10 based on the narrative and the example dataset or experiments in your “mock grant proposal”
      • 7 minutes for each presenter (followed by 3 minutes Q&A)
      • Create slides for efficiency of presentation
      • We will share screens in Zoom (bring in your laptops in Class 9 for a rehearsal in sharing screens)

Plan for class:

A look ahead at AI
Preliminary thinking about interpretation

bracket arrow (red)Interpreting the Bible
Interpreting topic models
Interpreting neural networks
spacer imageHuman in the loop

A Look Ahead at AI

Preliminary thinking about interpretation

George Legrady, Pockets Full of Memories (original installation 2001, Centre Pompidou)

George Legrady's Pockets Full of Memories

Etymology of "interpret" (OED)


  • [Perceiving]
  • [Recognizing]
  • Describing
  • [Interpreting]
  • Explaining
Diagram of neural network

David Blei, Probabilistic Topic Models, Figure 4

Douglas R. Hofstadter et al., Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies, pp. 192-93 (1995)

Concepts without percepts are empty; percepts without concepts are blind. [quoting Kant]

  • Stephen Best and Sharon Marcus. “Surface Reading: An Introduction.” Representations 108.1 (Fall 2009): 1-21.
  • Rita Felski. The Limits of Critique. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.
  • David Wellbery. “Post-Hermeneutic Criticism.” Foreword to Friedrich Kittler, Discourse Networks, 1800/1900

Interpreting the Bible

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Interpreting Topic Models

Interpreting Neural Networks

Human in the Loop