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Digital Skills Workshops for PhD Students (UNIGE and Geneva Graduate Institute)

From Text to Data: Using automated text analysis in research - Fridays 3 Dec: 09:00-12:45 & 10 December: time TBC

DS20 - From Text to Data: Using automated text analysis in research

(Valentina Baiamonte, 2x 4h)


Automated text analysis has become very popular across the social sciences, due to the large availability and access of text data from websites and social networks. Automated text analysis has been therefore recognised as a useful approach to analyse social and political behaviour. The workshop combines a theoretical lecture and a practical session. The theoretical lecture will review existing text analytical methods and data collection techniques; the practical coding session (in R) will emphasise how to deal with practical issues throughout each step of the research process: data collection, analysis and visualisation. During the practical session, students will work with different text databases from Twitter and policy documents. During this workshop, we will be using R. Some prior knowledge of programming language is required (see workshop (DS15) Introduction to R)

Valentina Baiamonte has a PhD in International Relations/Political Science from the Graduate Institute. In her thesis, she collected data on environmental interest groups in the EU and analysed their policy documents to unveil the dynamics that bring actors together under the same coalition. She holds a MA in International Relations from the University of Bologna and has previously organised workshops on automated text analysis, data collection and visualisation.

This workshop will take place on :

Friday 3 December - Part 1 (theoretical workshop) - 09:00-12:45, online.

Friday 10, 13, 15 December - Part 2 (practical workshop) -  Computer lab at the library

10 December: 9:00-12:00
13 December: 17:30-20:30
15 December: 17:30-20:30