User Impressions

Word2Vec by KB Labs – Katrine Frøkjær Baunvig

“KB Lab’s Word2Vec tool is well suited for workshops in proto discourse analysis and conceptual history in university teaching at undergrad levels. This is the experience drawn from a multitude of courses in the history of Christianity in modernity (19th, 20th and 21st centuries).

I have used the KB Lab’s Mediestream OCR enhancing tool Word2Vec in discourse analysis workshops with the purpose of detecting semantic clusters in generated word lists. On the basis of words such as ‘kristen’, ‘religion’, ‘præst’ and with great success, I have invited students to reflect upon the representation of Christianity in Danish public discourse.

Furthermore, as a Grundtvig scholar I recommend the N.F.S. Grundtvig sub-corpus for heuristically tracing the semantic network of specific terms and concepts as a first step in word embedding analyses. This is an eye-opening tool for every scholar interested in a ‘distant reading’ of Grundtvig’s collected writings.”

– Katrine Frøkjær Baunvig, Associate professor, PhD, Director at The Grundtvig Study Centre