This week's topic centers on topic modeling as a means to uncover hidden themes and patterns in a text and lead to further close reading on new research threads. A large text is submitted to MALLET, which generates groups of words that are explored for new themes or topics. A new topic is a springboard for further close reading of the text for unexplored research threads. This process could be used to help students discover and shape their own research topics. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP.
Read Topic Modeling: A Basic Introduction
Read Topic Modeling for Humanists: A Guided Tour