From Google, Amazon, and Facebook to your local political elections, applied data science is one of the fastest growing fields in the country. Data Science in the Humanities or DaSH is an HFA initiative that introduces data science to humanists. DaSH can help you apply powerful tools of data analysis to issues in philosophy, architecture, history, language, music, art, linguistics, dance, theater, literature, and gender and sexuality.
DaSH introduces humanists to data science, creates connections between HFA faculty and UMass faculty working with computer-assisted analysis, and trains undergraduates in basic data-science protocols. Using data-science tools, you can augment your research by automating routine tasks, mining data for patterns, and applying programs from across disciplines to your work. Basic data science tools include the Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK), PIL/pillow for image analysis, and the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit. Contact Steve Harris or Joe Pater to discuss how to use data science in your research.
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HFA's DaSH Initiative offers faculty the tools to make research more thorough and accurate, and offers students the opportunity participate more fully in the technical revolution going on today.