Afonso Xavier Canosa Rodriguez


On philology, potatoes and construction.
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Two years
A new year is about to begin and the same goals as last year still apply.

The same wishes, too.

All the best!
Subject: about - Published 31-12-2012 20:35
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Toponomy of the world
Map of the world with toponomy of Mendes Pinto
Brief overview of the identification of placenames in Mendes Pinto's Travels.

First step was indexing all placenames. This has been hand-made. I also wrote a machine extraction algorithm that, by now, does not differentiate anthroponomic entries from placenames (based on typography only). Next came documentation and finally mapping.

The main goal is always finding out the most approximate geographic coordinates for a given placename. Homophony (the fact that a name sounds similar to a placename in other language) is the main means of identification, though not the most important when other different parameters can be considered: distance (leagues mainly; less frequently, latitude degrees), direction, time spent traveling from already identified locations; historical and cultural references; landscape and urban description, and overall geographic context.

The map with comments can be found here: http://goo.gl/iqc3P
Subject: philology - Published 31-12-2012 20:16
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Corridor
Views of the ceiling and walls
Views of the ceiling and walls when finished.
Subject: construction - Published 31-12-2012 20:00
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