Issue No. 02 - March/April (2004 vol. 6)
<p>A recent article in The New York Times described the work of a professor at Stanford who says that experts in literature should not spend time actually reading things. Instead, he thinks they should gather statistics, plot data, and generally do what scientists do (or what he appears to think they do). Naturally, not many experts in literature are taking him up on this approach, but it could have one significant advantage: it would shift emphasis away from ratings, prizes, and opinions and more toward data. Of course, that's probably not what people want, and the data might be meaningless, but you can't have everything. </p>
F. Sullivan, "From the Editors: Sez Who?," in Computing in Science & Engineering, vol. 6, no. , pp. 4-5, 2004.