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Text Analysis and Visualization

During this session, we will learn about some basic text analysis skills and tools. We will start off with the browser tool Voyant to get a general sense of the content of our documents. We will then use the statistical language R (don’t let the word “statistical” scare you; you won’t be required to use advanced math in this session). We will start off by talking about how to select a corpus or text for analysis. Then we will do some hands-on with R to clean up the text, look at how word frequencies change throughout the course of the text, and create some basic visualizations. We will also take a look at some digital projects that have used R for text analysis, and talk about the methods they used to do that analysis.

Friday, September 6, 2019 at 10:00am to 11:30am

Strozier Library, R&D Commons
116 Honors Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306, Tallahassee, FL

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Training and Development, Workshops & Seminars

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digital humanities, Digital Research and Scholarship, text analysis


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Sarah Stanley

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Nicholas Byrd

Nicholas Byrd left a positive review 9/5/2019

Great workshop! I learned a lot (e.g., the limitations of OCR), and learned how to import one my text corpora to RStudio.

Brian Arsenault

Brian Arsenault left a positive review 9/5/2019

Great introduction to some tools with helpful examples of things to be aware of when looking at output. Instructor was very knowledgeable.

Elaine Smith

Elaine Smith left a positive review 9/5/2019

I am very excited about the concept of text analysis and visualization. This morning, I was interested in the usage of a specific word in the last 5 years - for some research I am doing about the speed of language changing...and I was very glad that I spent my morning learning from Sarah yesterday. This is going to help!