Jane and data mining: could there be a less appealing hobby to do with a more appealing subject?
Microsoft scientist Matthew Hurst has combined our favorite topic with perhaps our least favorite topic to create something downright cool (and not inappropriate for my art-starved new apartment, hint hint): visualizations of various novels, notably Pride and Prejudice, with certain key terms highlighted and color-coded. Need to know exactly how many times Mr. Collins makes his most awkward appearance in P&P? You’re in luck: Hurst has highlighted the relevant paragraphs in purple, notable (though not readable) at a glance. He’s also done Emma and Churchill (turquoise) and Sense and Sensibility and Willoughby (yellow); apparently he has a fondness for the non-hero. Which I, being a bit of a closet fan of Mr. Collins, certainly am in no position to judge.
Enjoy, all you modern-design-obsessed, Austen-loving mathletes! I know you’re out there.