Mark Algee-Hewitt, Ryan Heuser, and Franco Moretti of the Stanford Literary Lab present their research on the "natural habitat of topics": paragraphs.
Paragraphs represent a stylistic middle ground within a text, falling somewhere between the "very small" (words) and the "very large" (the text itself). But do paragraphs serve their own functional purpose? Using topic modeling techniques to discern the themes that appear between paragraph breaks, Mark Algee-Hewitt, Ryan Heuser, and Franco Moretti of the Stanford Literary Lab set out to show that paragraphs may, indeed, transcend the words that compose them.
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