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👋 Hi! I'm a researcher at the Meertens Instituut in Amsterdam. My research focuses on why some cultural phenomena are adopted and persist through time, while others change or disappear (why, for example, did Python's f-string syntax take over from the str.format syntax? 😉). Additionally, I'm interested in measuring cultural diversity and compositional complexity, and how we can account for biases in our estimations of diversity. (check out our recent publication on estimating the amount of lost books in Science).

🔭 I mostly program in Python, and I also like to teach a bit about programming. Together with Mike Kestemont and Allen Riddell, I recently published a 📖 with Princeton University Press about using Python for Humanities data analysis. An open access version of the book can be found at

📫 You can check my website for more information about my academic work, follow me on Twitter or Mastodon.


  1. python-course Public archive

    Tutorial and introduction into programming with Python for the humanities and social sciences

    Jupyter Notebook 396 295

  2. Source code for "Learning Similarity Metrics for Melody Retrieval"

    Python 24 3

  3. Diachronic text analysis in Python

    Jupyter Notebook 25 24

  4. tmi Public

    Flask Interface to Thompson's Motif Index

    CSS 12 2

  5. alignment Public

    Simple Python library for doing (multiple) sequence alignment

    Python 14 6

  6. nnfit Public

    Classifying Evolutionary Forces in Language Change

    Jupyter Notebook 2

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