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Changing Preferences in Cultural References

Freek Van de Velde, Jozefien Piersoul, Isabeau De Smet and Eloisa Ruppert

Abstract

This proof-of-concept paper advocates the use of lasso regularization for tracking changes in our collective cultural memory, as documented in the journal De Gids, issues 1837-1999. Mentions of 264 well-known historical figures are treated as predictors in an aggregate binomial regression for the era of publication, to see which historical figures are more likely to be mentioned in issues in the (long) nineteenth century, as opposed to the (short) twentieth century.

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