Month: January 2011

Exploring Art Data 16

The scanned and OCRed text from Graves' Art Sales is very noisy. Let's start cleaning it up.Firstly we'll improve the source images.In Scan Tailor, after fixing the orientation and letting the program Split Pages and Deskew, we can set the Content Box to "Manual" in Select Content, and crop out the header on each page…
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Exploring Art Data 15

Let's find an art historical data source that hasn't already been digitised and made freely available.Graves' Art Sales is often referred to in economic studies of art history. It is in the public domain but isn't (at the time of writing) available to download from any of the public domain text repository projects. Fortunately, copies…
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Art Data Analysis: The Sale Of The Late King’s Goods

In "The Sale Of The Late King's Goods" (Macmillan, 2006, ISBN 1405041528) Jerry Brotton surveys the inventories, invoices and auction records of the art collected by King Charles I.This isn't quantitative analysis of art data but Brotton does use the use of data such as the purchase dates, prices and other hard facts of Charles's…
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Art Data Analysis: Old Masters Auctions And The Weather

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1666550 (Contains link to download full PDF)"Psychological evidence predicts that sunny weather is associated with an upbeat mood. Although standard economic theory presumes invariant preferences and full rationality, the finance literature has documented a strong relationship between morning sunshine in the city of a country's stock exchange and daily market index returns. In this paper…
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Exploring Art Data 14

If we save the data of Roger de Piles' scores for artists to a csv file we can load them into R: ## Load the tab separated values for the table of artist scores scores<-read.csv("./scores.csv", colClasses=c("character", "integer", "integer", "integer", "integer")) ## Replace NA values with zero nas<-which(is.na(scores), arr.ind=TRUE) scores[nas[1], nas[2]]<-0 ## Create the total score…
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Art Data Analysis: Venus Iconography

Venus Iconography The Topical Catalogues are a resource for further studies and offer a tool to develop applications of the quantitative approach in art history. The application of an inverse power law, known as Lotka's law of scientific productivity, is a singularity in art history Another well-defined art historical study with useful conclusions. K. Bender…
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Google Books Art History 2

En français: Gazette des beaux-artsLe trésor de la curiosité 1 Le trésor de la curiosité 2 Histoire des peintres de toutes les écoles: école FlamandeCatalogue de la galerie des tableauxREVUE UNIVERSELLE DES ARTSARTS
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Explor Update

I have updated my Explor compiler.The new version uses a shared library for the Explor functions, and cats the source file to the Fortran compiler along with a file that contains the "END" command rather than creating an intermediate file.You'll need git, autotools, libtool and g77 installed. On Fedora the command to install them is…
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Art Data Analysis: Dissecting The Canon

Dissecting the Canon: Visual Subject Co-Popularity Networks in Art ResearchThis is a well-defined statistical study of the art historical literature of a particular period. It counts the number of times that ancient artworks are mentioned in Renaissance art literature. By measuring the popularity and co-popularity of artworks it uncovers several interesting facts.Firstly, canons are identical…
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Art Data Analysis: Dating Site Aesthetics

http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/2009/11/17/your-looks-and-online-dating/"We all know that beautiful people are more successful daters, but let’s quantify by exactly how much."http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/2010/01/20/the-4-big-myths-of-profile-pictures/"In looking closely at the astonishingly wide variety of ways our users have chosen to represent themselves, we discovered much of the collective wisdom about profile pictures was wrong."http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/dont-be-ugly-by-accident/"Today, however, we'll analyze photography from a numerical angle—we'll discuss flash,…
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