A vector is a quantity with both magnitude and direction. Vectors are used in computational systems both to represent language’s visual form—say, the shape of a letter—and also language’s underlying structure, in the form of word vectors and machine learning model hidden states.
In both cases, vectors are subject to manipulation: they can be added, subtracted, scaled, averaged, clustered, jostled and smeared. In this talk, poet and computer programmer Allison Parrish discusses her recent experiments in computational manipulations of language in vector form, and argues that such representations make possible previously unknown varieties of linguistic expression and poetic experience.
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