ISSR Summer Methodology Workshops | Practical Web and Text Scraping | Matthew Denny

Event date/time: 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
University of Massachusetts, Amherst | 107 Bartlett Hall

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS WORKSHOP.

Description: In this two-day short course, participants will learn how to efficiently automate the process of collecting data from large numbers of websites and text files using R. We will cover practical and computational issues associated with scraping large amounts of data in a timely manner, as well as potential legal issues and how to address them. Additionally, we will focus on giving participants the skills to work at a low level with html and text data once it has been collected. This workshop will include a mini-unit on text processing in R as well as a mini-unit on scraping Twitter using R.

Goals: By the end of the workshop, participants should possess the basic skills necessary to scrape a large amount of web or text data and extract useful information from that data.

Prerequisites: No previous experience with web scraping is required, but participants are expected to be familiar with data management in R at the level covered in the "Data Management in R" short course. These two courses are designed to work in sequence; however, if a participant has a strong R programming background, they should be prepared to step directly into the course.

Instructor: Matt Denny is a PhD student in Political Science and Social Data Analytics, and NSF Big Data Social Science IGERT fellow ​at Penn State. He holds Master's degrees in Political Science and Resource Economics from UMass Amherst where he was a statistical methods consultant for ISSR from 2013-15. He has taught a number of workshops on topics ranging from social network theory to big data analytics, and his research primarily focusses on developing statistical models for text, networks, and text-valued networks. You can check out more of his work at www.mjdenny.com.

Questions? For more information about this or any of the ISSR Summer Methodology Workshops, please contact ISSR Methodologist Jessica Pearlman (jpearlman@issr.umass.edu).


REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS WORKSHOP.

Five College Students and Faculty (UMass-Amherst, Hampshire College, Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, and Amherst College only)

Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students…………………………..$100 / person

Five College Faculty………………………………………………………………....$200 / person

Non-Five College Students and Faculty

Non-Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students…………………………..$225 / person

Non-Five College Faculty………………………………………………………………....$325 / person

Registration note: Registration closes for each workshop 2 full business days prior to the start date. Payment of registration does not guarantee a spot in these space-limited workshops. ISSR will offer you the choice of placement on a wait-list or a refund for any workshops that are over-subscribed. If paying with departmental funds or personal checks, contact Karen Mason (mason@issr.umass.edu).

Cancellation note: In cases where enrollment is 5 or less, we reserve the right to cancel the workshop.  In cases where the registrant cancels prior to the workshop, a full refund will be given with two weeks notice, and 50% refund will be given with one week notice.  We will not be able to refund in cases where registrant does not notify us of cancellation at least one week prior to the beginning date of the workshop.