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Sociology: Research


Basic Text Analysis using R

Basic Text Analysis using R
Hosted by: Justin Chun-ting Ho # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
5th Oct 2018 15:00 - 5th Oct 2018 17:00
Digital Scholarship Centre, 6th Floor, Main Library

This workshop will introduce participants to the R programming language, and show how it can be used by social scientists and humanities researchers for basic text analysis (sometimes also called quantitative text analysis, automated content analysis, or text mining). It will cover the basic assumptions behind quantitative text analysis, the pre-processing steps needed prior to the analysis, and various analytical techniques. If time allows, it will also cover ‘keyness analysis’, an useful technique to compare two corpora.

The workshop is open to all interested participants. You need no prior knowledge of R (while it would be beneficial if participants had some experience with R, those without any prior experience will still be able to participate effectively). You will be required to bring your own laptop and it is advised that you download and install R ( and RStudio ( beforehand. Both downloads are free. Please ensure you have installed both of these correctly prior to arriving at the workshop, so as not to cause any delays for the other participants.

If you would like to attend the event, please register here:

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