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Overview


Fundamentals of Quantitative Text Analysis for Social Scientists

Next course 25 September - 22 October 2017

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Overview


Fundamentals of Quantitative Text Analysis for Social Scientists

Next course 25 September - 22 October 2017

Course description

This course provides an overview of the basics of quantitative text analysis using the R statistical language. You will learn about the theoretical foundations for text analysis and will also learn to apply these methods in your research by practicing text analysis using real texts.

Learning outcomes

By taking this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the theoretical basis for Quantitative Text Analysis
  • Survey methods for systematically extracting quantitative information from text for social scientific purposes
  • Identify texts and units of texts for analysis
  • Convert texts into matrices for quantitative analysis
    • Analyze these matrices in order to generate inferences using quantitative or statistical methods

 

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Fundamentals of Quantitative Text Analysis for Social Scientists

Effort
This course is designed to take approximately 1.5 hours per week for the first two weeks and 2 hours a week for the final two weeks
Prerequisites
While our R scripting will be at a fairly basic level, you should have some familiarity with R in order to succeed in this course as it will be challenging to learn R and text analysis at the same time. A basic knowledge of statistics would also be helpful.
Instructors
Professor Jonathan Slapin
In association with
Essex Summer School of Social Science Data Analysis, University of Essex
Language
English
 
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Course Instructors


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How it works


How it works


HOW IT WORKS

The course is organised into a set of four interactive learning modules, you should work through the modules sequentially.
 
The interactive learning modules contain a number of topic pages. Each topic page has a video to walk you through the concept and interactive text to reinforce what was covered in the video, quick questions and knowledge checks.
 
There are three additional types of activity in your course to facilitate deeper learning. These are presented in the relevant topic pages.

  1. Match: These activities require you to have a go at a task offline, then selecting the correct solution
  2. Guided: These are multi-part match activities so you do a part of the task then submit your solution, which unlocks feedback on your attempt and the next part of the task
  3. Structured: This is a more complex offline task and to see the Tutor’s solution you need to share your attempt at the task and your reasoning. You also get to see other participants attempts and are encouraged to engage in discussion. The Tutor will then share further feedback.

The vast majority of topics in the course are fundamentally practical. You are strongly encouraged to recreate and run the code as you work through them, complete knowledge checks and activities.

This course comes with learner support for the dates this course runs. After the course ends, you’ll still have access to the course materials but you won’t receive support from the instructor. 

It is recommended that learners complete one module a week for 4 weeks. 
 

Syllabus


Syllabus


Syllabus 

Module 1
 

In this Module, you’ll cover:

  • Introduction explaining course purpose: goals and objectives
  • Conceptual foundations of text analysis
  • Quantitative text analysis as a field and the development of the field
  • Logistics and software - required setup and work files 
  • A basic example of performing a text analysis

Module 2

 

In this Module, you’ll cover:

  • Where to obtain textual data
  • Formatting and working with text files
  • Practical considerations of indexing and metadata
  • Units of analysis: strategies for selecting units of analysis
  • Overview and examination of complexity and readability measures

Module 3

 

In this Module, you’ll cover:

  • Keywords in context Coverage and examples of KWIC
  • Consideration of concordance and dictionaries
  • Detecting and identifying collocations
  • Stemming: An in-depth discussion of text types, tokens, and equivalencies
  • Stop words and feature weighting: An in-depth discussion of text types, tokens, and equivalencies

Module 4

 

In this Module, you’ll cover:

  • Euclidean distance and its use in comparing texts
  • Cosine similarity and its use in comparing texts
  • General principles and rationale for dictionaries
  • External dictionaries: How to add a third party dictionary
  • How to create your own dictionary
  • Overview of wordscores
  • Implementing in R a basic model

In association with


In association with


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This course is a modified version of a course taught at the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis for the previous two summers. It brings together research and teaching interests in quantitative text analysis to more fully understand social phenomena.
 

FAQs


FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below answers to some of the most frequent questions we get about this course

What software do I need for this course?

You will need to have R installed to work through this course and it is essential that your version is 3.4.1 or above.

You will need to install the quanteda package and the quantedaData package. Quanteda can be downloaded from CRAN and should be version 9.9.6.5 or above. The quantedaData package can't be installed from CRAN and you will need to install the devtools package from CRAN and then install quantedaData from github. You can use the code below to do this.

install.packages("devtools") devtools::install_github("kbenoit/quantedaData")

You should also install the readtext package from CRAN as we will be using that to read text files into R.

install.packages("readtext")

Do I need to buy any of this software?

No they are either open source or have community (free) versions

What do I need to participate on this course?

A computer or laptop with the suggested software and a modern browser e.g. Internet Explorer 10+ or the latest versions of Chrome and Firefox.

Can I do this course on my mobile device?

While you can access the course on your mobile device, go through the content and answer questions, you will need a desktop or laptop computer to practice and complete the activities that require you to write and/or test code.

How long will I have access to the course for?

The course will be run over 4 weeks, during which you will have access to learning support provided by the course instructor. After the 4 weeks, you will still have access to the course materials for another 2 months, but you will not be able to receive learning support from the instructor, and if there is a course forum, you will not be able to ask any questions.

Do learners get a certificate?

All of our courses offer a certificate of completion signed by your instructor. You will be able to download this certificate, from the Learning Platform, when you complete the course.

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