Enoch (Yinuo) Zhou
Developing Graphic Databases for Icelandic Sagas
Graphic database enjoys various important advantages in representing data in Icelandic Sagas comparing to traditional databases, such as more convenient visualizations and querying. My summer research project focuses on improving and populating the graphic databases that store the characters and interactions in Icelandic Sagas, such as the collection of sagas in “The Sagas of Icelanders” prefaced by Jane Smiley. My potential objectives include synthesizing character data throughout different sagas and creating user interface for the graphic databases. Furthermore, as a product of generating graphic databases, investigation of graphic structures and specific subgraphs, using the concepts in graphic theory, may also lead to meaningful findings about the societies portrayed in the sagas, such as the benefits of family connections and optimal strategies in interacting with strong enemies.