Using computer programs to analyze creative writing is a branch of digital humanities – a field so new that it's still considered controversial in certain circles. "In the academy, I think it's viewed with a mixture of excitement and apprehension," Professor Ted Underwood said. However, Underwood's father is in computer science, and Underwood spent summers during his undergraduate years working for his dad, writing computer programs. Combining that skill with his passion for literature comes naturally to the English professor, but he realizes it may not come so easily to his colleagues.
"What I'm trying to do now is create tools that will make it easier for other researchers to use this bigger collection," he said.