SoDA Workshop Series - Introduction to Data Science with R (Workshop 9: Working with Text Data in R)

Workshop 9: Working with Text Data in R
When Nov 09, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where B001 Sparks -- The Databasement
Contact Name
Contact Phone 814-267-2720
Attendees All interested members of the PSU community are welcome to attend.
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Workshop 9: Working with Text Data in R

In this workshop, we will cover the basics of manipulating and representing text data in R. Learning how to chop up, manipulate, and extract bits of text from string (text) data is a critical skill for working with messy data, web scraping, and for conducting text as data analyses. We will start by diving into the stringr libraries for extracting a replacing parts of strings, and then work with the quanteda library for forming and manipulating document-term matrices. The skills we cover here will form the basis for a series of lectures on web-scraping later in the series.
General Information about the Workshop Series

Do you want to develop the skills to program and manage data using R? If so, this workshop series is for you! We will be meeting (almost) weekly for an hour throughout the semester to cover everything from basic R programming up through big data analytics and high performance computing. This workshop series will start with several weeks introducing R and basic R programming, so no prior experience is required (only a laptop). We will then move on to a series of workshops on reading in, cleaning, transforming, and combining multiple, complex datasets (including text and social network data) -- using our newfound R programming skills. Once we have the basics of data mangament down, we will cover web-based data collection, both from traditional web pages, and from the Twitter API. Finally, we will get into performance and scalability issues, and go over the steps for accessing the ICS cluster resources at Penn State.

These workshops will be offered (most) Thursdays during the Fall 2017 semester from 12:00-1:00 in Sparks B001 (The DataBasement). Directions to the DataBasement here: . Bring laptop! 

The instructor for the workshop is Matt Denny, who can be contacted at

Materials (including slides, video tutorial, and pictorial tutorial) are available on the workshop website: 

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