This article will show three exciting digital humanistic projects in Tang Poetry and Song Ci. Two of them are from Visual Team in Zhejiang University, and one is from Lingdong Huang.
Discovering magic squares in Tang Dynasty poems
by Lingdong Huang 发现唐诗中的“幻方(纵横图)”
Observe the above 5x5 matrix of Chinese characters: when read horizontally, it consists of five lines from five different poems, and so does it when read vertically, of the exact same lines. I call it the magic square of Chinese poems. With a brute-force-search over 287,000 lines from the Complete Collection of Tang Dynasty Poems, I discovered 2 such sets. You can reproduce my results by running "
gcc -O3 mgsq5.c; ./a.out".
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