In this exciting talk, David Mimno outlines the limitations and uses of representational modeling by employing examples from Minecraft, data on U.S. gun ownership, and 19th-century novels.
What can we learn about the limitations of topic modeling from the video game Minecraft? What information is not represented in the linear regression of gun ownership and population density in the United States? How can models illuminate the relationship between gendered language and author gender in 19th-century novels? David Mimno, Professor in the Information Science department at Cornell University, connects the dots between numbers and evidence by examining the challenges and opportunities of representational modeling.
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