Digital Humanities Research Institute: Binghamton 2019

Introduction to Text Analysis

With Zoë Wilkinson Saldaña

Lesson Overview:

This session will provide learners with a framework for exploring text corpora using computational methods. Through a hands-on introduction to iterative analysis with AntConc and jsLDA, learners will learn how to pose and pursue research questions using techniques like collocation detection and topic modeling. The session will introduce the assumptions, benefits, and tradeoffs of various methods of text analysis, such as the impact of parts-of-speech tagging and the interpretability of topics. The session will also help learners identify how additional methods can support their inquiry, e.g. running text analysis in a programming language or visualizing outcomes, which they can pursue further in small group sessions.

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