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Classical content analysis used to be an expensive (monetarily and computationally) method. Nevertheless, with the constant technological advancement, the availability of data is at an all-time high, and the methods to analyze the data are constantly increasing in potential. At its core, text-as-data approaches have the same aim as classical content analysis – extracting meaning out of text. However, due to the unstructured and multidimensional nature of texts, there are additional challenges in achieving this goal. 

Duration: one-week.


    This course is closed, registration is no longer possible. 

    Registration for this course is no longer possible yet we would like to offer you some similar courses for which registration is still possible:

    • ''Big Data: Introduction to Text Analysis,'' which covers some of the same topics as in the ''Advanced Text Analysis'' course. Feel free to contact the instructor (Bruno de Castanho Silva : b.paula.castanho.e.silva [at] (b[dot]paula[dot]castanho[dot]e[dot]silva[at]fu-berlin[dot]de)) for more information about the course, including what topics will be covered and the level of the course.
    • "Use of AI for Political Analysis", this course also focuses on large language models that would have also played a prominent role in the course ''Advanced Text Analysis". Feel free to contact the instructor (Ethan Busby: ethan.busby [at] for information about the course and the level of models covered in that course.  

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    17 June 2024, 9 am
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    17 June 2024, 9 am - 21 June 2024, 5 pm
    Petro Tolochko
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    Radboud Summer School

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    This course is aimed at people who have some experience with text-as-data approaches, but what to understand more nuanced aspects of methods used to analyze texts. The topics that are covered in the course are: Text Representation (ways to transform unstructured text for computational analyses), Statistical models of texts, Word Embedding Models, and Deep Learning models. The advantages and disadvantages of each method/approach are also discussed. The topics are introduced in an interactive lecture-type setting, while the practical part consists of a coding session with examples and tasks. Small homework assignments are given out throughout the course week to deepen the knowledge of the topics.

    • Day 1: Motivation / Examples / Text Representation
    • Day 2: Statistical Models of language 
    • Day 3: Supervised / Unsupervised Machine Learning 
    • Day 4: Deep Learning / Word Embeddings 
    • Day 5: Transformer Models / Large Language Models

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    Petro Tolochko

    Petro Tolochko

    Petro Tolochko is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the PolarVis and ySkills project. Before ySkills, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science and the ERC project MARIPOLDATA.

    Petro completed his Master’s degree at the University of Amsterdam (ASCoR) and defended his doctoral thesis at the University of Vienna in June 2019. His doctoral thesis was concerned with the automated approached to determine the text complexity of political texts.

    His research interests include: quantitative methods in the social sciences, social networks, quantitative text analysis, and automated language processing in the social sciences.


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