This semester I’m taking ILS Z639 Social Media Mining, and a research rotation with Nathan Ensmenger that focuses on some of the theatrical aspects associated with big computers.

Z639 Social Media Mining

Started the week working on a python script that would parse a text file and return word counts, since I had had some of the materials done to start with. The NLTK book appears to be pretty interesting, and I’m interested to see where the python and R activities work together.

Computer Theatrics RR

I read the section of “Pioneer Programmer” where Jean Bartik describes some of the activities behind the first demonstration of the ENIAC, where ping-pong balls were used to show the numbers being computed by the machine visibly to an audience.