Introduction to Digital Text Analysis Workshop

November 13th, 2015, 1:30-3:00 P.M.
Location: Wilson Media Lab, 220 Davis Family Library
Open to all Middlebury faculty, staff, and students

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What is text mining? And how can it be used to read texts differently?

This workshop, led by DLA Postdoc Alicia Peaker, will introduce the varied ways humanists have used text mining tools and concepts (e.g. “distant reading”) to analyze texts. Participants will then be invited to explore a shared set of texts with the user-friendly text mining and visualization tool Voyant. Voyant is particularly well suited to the classroom and has been used successfully in many literature courses.

Absolutely no prior experience is necessary, but participants interested in getting a head start on digital text analysis prior to the workshop are encouraged to read Ted Underwood’s “Seven Ways Humanists are Using Computers to Understand Text.”

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