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  • Art of Counting founder Dr. Amy Calvert now contributing to Smarthistory project, presented by Khan Academy

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    A few weeks ago, I became aware of a marvelous art history project known as Smarthistory.  Founded by two New York art historians, Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker,  Smarthistory grew from their pursuit of creating an accessible way to introduce art history to …

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  • A succinct introduction to the wonders of data mining!

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    An article on data mining appeared in the Atlantic yesterday.  This brief piece explains a number of the complex methods of data mining in wonderfully simple terms. Discovering information from data takes two major forms: description and prediction. At the scale we are talking about, …

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  • The Art of Counting’s premier statistical guru weighs in on Factor Analysis

    Our amazing statistical partner, Lili Garrard, is a Senior Analyst at the University of Kansas School of Nursing.  She has been involved with the Art of Counting project for more than four years now and has performed a wide array of analyses on the data …

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  • Unlootable Egypt: Making the Ancient Immortal and Accessible

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    Delighted by more and more confirmed news emerging of undamaged sites (for regular news updates from multiple sources, see the excellent Egyptology News, Egyptological Looting Database, and Talking Pyramids websites), many of which were guarded by heroic ordinary Egyptians and SCA officials.  Anyone who has …

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  • The Egyptian protests, the future of Egyptology, and a call to action

    The current protests in Egypt show us exactly how fragile the illusion of stability can be in the face of reality. It truly is astonishing that these ancient objects and sites have survived at all, across these thousands of years. It is breathtaking and utterly …

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  • Art of Counting founder Amy Calvert to receive PhD in Egyptology

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    It is my great pleasure to announce the successful defense of my Ph.D. dissertation, on which the Art of Counting project is based.  On Friday, January 21, I met my advisor, David O’Connor, my readers, Ogden Goelet and Diana Craig Patch (Associate Curator, Department of …

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  • The importance of data hygiene

    New analysis of the ‘mystery’ equis found in 2004 at Pompeii reveals that the initial data was corrupted.  The find and the subsequent DNA analysis generated much excitement about a previously unknown extinct breed of horse, but upon reexamination it was discovered that there had …

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  • How to choose a research topic? Just follow the data!

    A number of people have responded to the red looped sash discussion with a very important question: how, and why, did I choose the looped sash to investigate?  The answer is quite simple: the data led me there. This is the fundamental principle of the …

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  • Directed searching vs. Data-driven research

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    The Art of Counting project is based on the combination of a custom-built relational database and advanced statistical methods.  The database revolves around a core of variables that are recorded in a binary (yes or no) manner.  In the case of my dissertation project, which …

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  • Cluster analysis is NOT scary, I promise

    Cluster analysis as defined by a statistician:  A procedure by which subjects, cases, or variables are clustered into groups based on similar characteristics of each.  Hierarchical cluster analysis attempts to identify relatively homogenous groups of variables (or cases) based on selected characteristics.  An algorithm is …

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The Art of Counting is dedicated to the memory of Margery Meilleur, who first taught me to view history through the eyes of the images we create.