Computational text analysis with Voyant

The relationship between close reading, mid-range reading (Alison Booth, “Mid-Range Reading: Not a Manifesto,” 2017), and distant reading (Franco Moretti, “Distant Reading,” 2013) has expanded the scholarly potential of both literary studies and the social sciences. The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize participants with the basic workflow, terms and output a student or new researcher would encounter when undertaking a text mining project. The workshop will be an introduction to computational text analysis, including what it is, what’s possible, and how it is being used for research. In addition to a discussion on the theories and methodologies in the field, participants will explore different ways to examine and visualize provided datasets using Voyant. Voyant is an open-source tool ideal for experimentation and to familiarize yourself with the process…
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