Jani Marjanen


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Word Clustering for Historical Newspapers Analysis
Lidia Pivovarova | Elaine Zosa | Jani Marjanen
Proceedings of the Workshop on Language Technology for Digital Historical Archives

This paper is a part of a collaboration between computer scientists and historians aimed at development of novel tools and methods to improve analysis of historical newspapers. We present a case study of ideological terms ending with -ism suffix in nineteenth century Finnish newspapers. We propose a two-step procedure to trace differences in word usages over time: training of diachronic embeddings on several time slices and when clustering embeddings of selected words together with their neighbours to obtain historical context. The obtained clusters turn out to be useful for historical studies. The paper also discuss specific difficulties related to development historian-oriented tools.