This week’s assignments had me staring at my computer screen for hours hoping the mysteries of Python would reveal themselves to me.
In all honesty, it wasn’t that bad. After awhile, it was fun, like a puzzle that needed solving. The biggest thing I need to remember is to slow down. Unlike the task of reading large quantities of pages per week, which requires skimming skills, reading each. piece. of. code. makes life so much easier. One misplaced quotation mark stalled me for 10 minute while I tried to figure out what was not working.
The Genderize resource is going to be really helpful in my research. Women’s names appear so infrequently in the documents I’m dealing with, that being able to spot one will be important–especially since I’m dealing with some Dutch and Palatine names that can be unclear if it is a male or female name (like ‘Asa,’ I didn’t know that was likely a male name.)
I use Newspapers.com all the time, especially the Poughkeepsie Journal, and I was wondering, can I scrape search results? For instance, if I wanted a file with all the instances of the search term “eloped” or “runaway“?