A Topic Model of Roman Inscriptions

Topic models inject semantic meaning into otherwise unstructured text. Roman funerary inscriptions use quite regular expressions to convey information about the deceased. Miko Flohr collected 1385 inscriptions where the occupation of the deceased was mentioned. Topic modeling these inscriptions, and graphing the results, performs a kind of clustering of inscriptions sometimes by place, sometimes by family, and sometimes by language use. The exploration presented here is part of my larger research into ‘big data’ methods for archaeological research. Open the topic model in a new browser.

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