ISSR Summer Methodology Workshops | Text-as-Data in R | Douglas Rice

Event date/time: 

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
University of Massachusetts, Amherst | E20 Machmer Hall

REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.

Description: With the recent explosion in availability of digitized text, social scientists increasingly are turning to computational tools for the analysis of text as data. In this two-day course, participants will first learn how to convert text to formats suitable for analysis. From there, the course will introduce and proceed through tutorials on a variety of approaches to the treatment of text-as-data. This will include relatively simple dictionary approaches for measurement, supervised learning approaches for document classification, topic models, and a brief introduction to vector representations and tools for measuring word similarity. Participants are expected to have a basic familiarity with the R programming language.

Instructor: Douglas Rice is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received his PhD in Political Science from Penn State University in 2013, and was Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Mississippi from 2013 through 2015. He studies the role of courts in the policy process, seeking to understand when and how courts influence other institutions as well as the different factors influencing legal decision making and the policy output of courts. By developing and employing a variety of tools from computational social science in a domain that produces voluminous text data, his work clarifies the influence of courts on public policy and improves our understanding of strategic judicial decision making. His research has been published in the Journal of Politics, Law and Society Review, and Journal of the Law and Courts, among other outlets.

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 FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.

Space is Limited!! Please register early to reserve your seat, and to assist in our planning.

  • Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students…………………………..$150/person
  • Five College Faculty………………………………………………………………..$250/person
  • Non-Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students…………………………..$275/person
  • Non-Five College Faculty………………………………………………………………..$400/person

Registration note: The Five Colleges include: UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College. 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.