We don’t really get to declare independence from Travis Brown’s technical support until we have Paper Machines actually running on our laptops. I’ve got everything working except topic modeling, and I think a lot of other people are in the same boat (although I know that Katie did manage to get it working last night). I’ve identified a Paper Machines bug report that may be the same problem we’re having (https://github.com/chrisjr/papermachines/issues/12), but I need more information to be sure. In the interest of getting topic modeling using Paper Machines working for myself (because I actually intend to use it), I’m volunteering to be the point person for debugging this issue. I think (to borrow from Mark Sample) this definitely counts as service, not scholarship.
Please comment on this post with your operating system, Java, and Python version information, plus whether or not Paper Machines is working for you. For operating system information on a Mac, click on the Apple in the top menu bar, and select “About This Mac”. For version information about Java and Python, you’ll need to open the Terminal application and then type “java -version” and “python -V” on the command line. I’m hoping that a Windows person in the class can supplement this with information on how to do the corresponding operations in that environment: since the last Windows OS that I was familiar with was XP Pro, I don’t think that anything I’ll have to say on the subject will be useful.
As an example, the OS on my laptop is Mac OS X Version 10.6.8, the Java version is 1.6.0_39, and the Python version is 2.6.1. I’ve got Paper Machine working except for topic modeling. I’d appreciate hearing from as many of you as possible, including those who have it working (because I need all the data points to see what the non-working installations have in common). Thanks.