Inclass work of Tues. 3/9

I. Distant reading

  • Definition
  • Its uses

II. Introducing a tool for distant reading:  voyant-tools.org

A demonstration: Working with Quiz 1 as data

  • Using distant reading to make some determinations about the class’ writing (as a corporate entity
  • Evidence: which topics did students use?
  • Word frequency and why it matters
  • Vocabulary density
  • Sentence length

Another demonstration: Making a corpus for Voyant

  • Using the six samples of Blogpost 2 — each entered as a separate document to make a corpus of all six samples.  You will need to [Upload] each file independently.
  • What can you observe? How do you assess this distant reading of these Blogpost 2s?

Following are the small group files for Blogpost 2, extracted from student blogs:

III. Small group work

Making datasets and performing analysis: what does a distant reading of student blogwork demonstrate?

  • A. What does one document of all Blogpost 3s reveal?
  • B. What does one document of all “So here I am at Hofstra…” reveal?
  • C. How do you expect these distant readings in A. and B. to be different?
  • D. Upload a corpus of one student’s Blogpost 1 and Blogpost 3.  (This means that you will have to make separate documents for each.) Has anything changed about this student’s writing? If yes, what has changed? What recommendations do you have for this student writer?
  • E. Upload a corpus for another student’s Blogpost 1 and Blogpost 3.  (This means that you will have to make separate documents for each.) Has anything changed about this student’s writing? If yes, what has changed? What recommendations do you have for this student writer?

10 thoughts on “Inclass work of Tues. 3/9

  1. bsblapointe March 9, 2021 / 2:22 pm

    E) It’s difficult to see if anything has changed in his writing because the prompts he was given were so different.
    His first blog was an unstructured “about me” kind of thing where he wrote about his day. His third blog was to explain a thought he had based on readings we were assigned.
    In both blogs he is very precise; he explains in a scientific method kind of way. Whether in his first blog where he describes his routine: walk outside for activity, get coffee from Starbucks, study, etc., or deciphering Jia Tolentino’s quotes in his third.

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  2. anilsingh912 March 9, 2021 / 2:23 pm

    Neetha, Anil, Lauren, Audrey

    Questions:
    A. What does one document of all Blogpost 3s reveal?
    B. What does one document of all “So here I am at Hofstra…” reveal?
    C. How do you expect these distant readings in A. and B. to be different?
    D. Upload a corpus of one student’s Blogpost 1 and Blogpost 3. (This means that you will have to make separate documents for each.) Has anything changed about this student’s writing? If yes, what has changed? What recommendations do you have for this student writer?
    E. Upload a corpus for another student’s Blogpost 1 and Blogpost 3. (This means that you will have to make separate documents for each.) Has anything changed about this student’s writing? If yes, what has changed? What recommendations do you have for this student writer?

    Voyant showed us that there is a bigger variety of word choices. Also we used many alike words as compared to “Here I am at Hofstra” likely because we were all asked to write about a similar topic. In blogpost 3 the average words per sentence is longer than the first blog which is closer to the average academic expectations.
    Voyant revealed that the most frequent words in the “So Here I am at Hofstra” are ‘writing, write, class’. The average number of words per sentence was 19.2 words. The vocabulary density was .276, meaning that there were a lot of the same words used and not many unique forms.
    In A, since we were talking about an actual topic, and it was all the same topic it is more likely for the words to be repeated more because it was all about Tolentino and her writing so we all had to answer the same question. We would expect B to be a lower word density and less repetition because everyone was writing about what they were doing at that given moment, therefore it would be very different because everyone was not doing the same thing at that moment.
    For Blog post 3 the vocab density is 0.6 and the repetition was, and the vocab density for Blog post 1 was 0.56, and there is less repetition on Blog post 3. Therefore her writing did improve from Blog post 1 to Blog post 3, as the repetition level went down. The recommendation we would make for this student would be to try and find new creative words to bring the vocab density level down.
    Overall, this writer’s work has improved. In the first blog post, they have a word density of .484, compared to the latest one with .504. They use more unique words and show improvement overtime. In these words, they use less repeated words in the latest post, with the most repeated word being used 6 times. Compared to the first one, with the most repeated word being used 10 times, this writer has a more complex vocabulary now than in the beginning. The number of words per sentence has also increased from 26.8 to 37.1, showing that they have more creative uses for this vocabulary. However, we would suggest that they may have too long of sentences to be digestible so that would be something to work on.

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  3. skylardearie March 9, 2021 / 2:33 pm

    A. There were a lot of similarities in words between the different writings with women being the most prevalent.
    B. “Here I am at Hofstra…” also had a lot of similar words but had more unique words then Blogpost 3.
    C. The two blogposts should differ in phrasing and word choice due to the different prompts the posts were writing about.

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    • skylardearie March 11, 2021 / 1:37 pm

      D. It was difficult to compare the two writing pieces since they both followed different prompts but from the summary, it was determined the vocabulary density for their blogpost 3 was higher than their blogpost 1 vocabulary density. Other than that not much has changed for them. The average words per sentence were very close for both and blogpost 1 had more distinctive words.

      E. The word density for their blogpost 3 was a lot higher than their blogpost 1. The words per sentence were very close in range for both.

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  4. arusso35 March 9, 2021 / 2:47 pm

    I noticed that in the third blog post the person I viewed actually ended up being more repetitive and using the same words more frequently. Another thing I noticed was that their average words per sentence stayed at 22 between the two blog posts. Two things I can advise to this student would be to try to refrain from creating run on sentences to decreases average words per sentence, and also try to find different words to use rather than repeating the same ones.

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  5. samjatlas March 10, 2021 / 1:36 pm

    A) A document of Blog Post 3’s reveals that the word “women” is the most widely used by a large margin. It is used more than twice as much as the next word, “culture.” That is followed by “Tolentino,” the author’s name

    B) A document of “So Here I am at Hofstra” shows that writing, write, time, I’m, and just are the most common words. The most used word in this case which was writing was used 27 words whereas in the Blog Post 3 document, the most common word “women” was used 93 times.

    C) The readings differ as the vocabulary and writing skill of students improved between blog posts. The further into the semester we get, the more complex the writing and reading.

    D) There isn’t much of a difference with the writing however the prompts given are two very different questions which creates a wide range of answers. With the vocabulary density being 0.469, there are a lot of the same words used.

    E) Joseph’s writing improves drastically between blog post 1 and 3. While there are some spelling mistakes and lack of capitalization on his first piece, his third has zero instances of these things. Sentences in the first were also too short, often having the ability to be merged with other sentences for better flow. However in his third post the sentence length is perfect.

    PS: Sorry for submitting this late.

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  6. graceguzmang March 10, 2021 / 6:42 pm

    D. On Blogpost 3 I checked, the corpus showed me that the number of distinctive words used was higher, also the average words per sentence increased to 21.6 and so the vocabulary density

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  7. juliamocellin March 11, 2021 / 1:42 pm

    A. What does one document of all Blogpost 3s reveal?
    Based on the 22.3 average of words per sentence, we can conclude that, in general, students are writing sentences that are way too long. Based on the statistics retrieved from Voyant, students lack new and different vocabulary on their blogposts (746 new words out of 2551). The most frequently used words were: “women,” “culture,” and “Tolentino”.

    B. What does one document of all “So here I am at Hofstra…” reveal?
    I noticed that the words “writing” and “write” were often used in most of the first blog posts. I think this is interesting because it shows how people were kind of stumped on what to write. A lot of people said things like “I don’t know what to write” and “I never thought I’d be writing about writing.” There was a lot more about the subject of writing than about the actual content itself, in my opinion.

    C. How do you expect these distant readings in A. and B. to be different?
    We expected our responses to be slightly different; after all, we are still early in the semester. Perhaps a better use of different words and less long sentences.

    D. Upload a corpus of one student’s Blogpost 1 and Blogpost 3. (This means that you will have to make separate documents for each.) Has anything changed about this student’s writing? If yes, what has changed? What recommendations do you have for this student writer?
    I did Alexa, and her average words per sentence went from 17.2 to 23.3, which is a huge jump. She used to repeat a lot of ideas which she has definitely fixed in her last post.


    E. Upload a corpus for another student’s Blogpost 1 and Blogpost 3. (This means that you will have to make separate documents for each.) Has anything changed about this student’s writing? If yes, what has changed? What recommendations do you have for this student writer?
    In the third blog post, I noticed that the person I viewed actually ended up being more repetitive and using the same words more frequently. I also noticed that their average words per sentence stayed at 22 between the two blog posts. I can advise this student to try to refrain from creating run-on sentences to decrease average words per sentence and try to find different words to use rather than repeating the same ones.

    Julia, Ethan, Joseph and Andrew

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  8. katrinethis March 11, 2021 / 1:49 pm

    Group 3: Maha, Elisa, Alice, Grace and Kat

    A) From blogpost 3, the average words per sentence is 21.7 which is good, not too far from 17. the most used words for blogpost 3 was: women (82), culture (38), Jia (29), Tolentino (29) and book (20). The vocabulary density is 0.267.

    B) From “Here I am at Hofstra…” , the average words per sentence is 18.2 which seems to be standard throughout the class at the beginning. Starting off with a standard amount isn’t terrible and shows where we as a class have grown already. The most used words for “Here I am at Hofstra…” are writing (34), class (22), online (18), blogging (17), and like (15). One positive thing to take from this is that there were 799 unique word forms used. However, it seems as though there was a lack of word diversity. That is not something you want as a writer and won’t keep the reader interested.

    C) The readings in A and B differ a lot due to the different vocabulary and word choices in each as well as the different topics they were writing about. In A, the most used words are: women, culture, Jia, Tolentino and book and in B the most used words are: writing, class, online, blogging and like. They don’t use the same words at all which proves that they have almost nothing in common.

    D) On the essays I checked, the corpus showed that the number of distinctive words used was higher. So, because of the context, the distinctive words were very different for both essays. Also, the average words per sentence increased to 21.6. There were more words in the second essay and finally, the vocabulary density also increased

    E) Currently this student writing doesn’t seem to have changed over the past three blogs.
    His first blog was his small object piece where he could be vaguer with his writing. His third blog was to explain a more complex thought he had based on readings we were assigned.
    In both blogs he is very precise; he knows his point and he stick to it.
    This is evident in Voyant too, his most used words were directly related to the prompt he was given, showing him to be very prompt conscious.

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