Matthew J. Lavin

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Ranking Authorship Attribution with the XBox Rating Script

Posted on Friday February 13, 2015

Head-to-head ratings and match-ups are an interesting topic in computer science, especially when it comes to designing games play interaction. I know this because there’s a scene in “The Social Network” where Mark Zuckerberg uses a head-to-head ranking algorithm to to make a computer program that rates Harvard women’s physical appearance. The math is a […]

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Updated Tweepy-Python Script fort Twitter Mining

Posted on Sunday February 08, 2015

For the past several months, I’ve been working with Assistant Professor of Sociology Stephen Barnard and Director of Digital Initiatives Eric Williams-Bergen (St. Lawrence University) to build a workflow for large-scale analysis of Twitter in connection with Steve’s “Twitter and Society” seminar. We’ve had a few updates since my last post, but the main thing […]

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Posted on Friday December 26, 2014

It’s the holiday season, and I’ve finally had time to catch up on some projects. On top of my to do list was creating a public repository for py_style, a Python-based command line tool that allows you to run authorship attribution tests on texts in a user library. Here’s the link: I wrote this […]

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About Me

As you may have gathered from the rest of this site, my name is Matthew Lavin. I'm the Associate Program Coordinator of an initiative at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY titled “Crossing Boundaries: Re-envisioning the Humanities for the 21st Century.”

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My scholarly interests include American authorship, book technologies, book history and digital broadly, computational methods and humanities data, open access and copyright, and digital pedagogy.

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My teaching interests include American literature courses with strong book historical and digital humanities themes. In the semesters to come, I'd like to teach general courses on technologies of the book and/or the digital age. I've also taught antebellum and postbellum American literature surveys, Native American literature, introduction to rhetoric, and literature for non-majors.

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A collection of links related to coding, digital humanities practice, the humanities in the 21st-century, and more.

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In this section of my site, I plan to post open source datasets associated with my scholarly work. In particular, I'm eager to share information about my ongoing efforts to develop scalable way to convert and cobble together useful book historical data in digital form.

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About This Site

Posted on Monday September 16, 2013

My latest site redesign began with a decision to split the main page architecture from the existing WordPress blog install. I migrated the blog to, and set up a series of static pages for information about my research, teaching, etc. For the blog portion of the site, I installed a fairly well known minimalist […]

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