From words to pictures: Text analysis and visualization

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Nicholas Diakopoulos of Northwestern University
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 5 at 9:00am
  • Location: International 10
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

You've got a massive pile of text: some Ferguson tweets, a box of now OCRed documents, or maybe a corpus of press releases you scraped. How do you make sense of it? In this session I'll introduce some alternatives for using text visualization to see your texts in different ways. Then I'll talk about some of the machinery for text analysis that you'll need to get there, with pointers out to Python tools. Next year you'll be visualizing the SOTU like a pro.

Speaker Bios

  • Nick Diakopoulos is a Professor of Communication Studies and Computer Science at Northwestern University. He studies automation and algorithms as they impact news media including aspects of journalistic data mining, automated content production, news bots, and algorithmic accountability. He is author of "Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Media" from Harvard University Press, and co-editor of "Data-Driven Storytelling" from CRC Press.

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