On 13 September the Centre for Digital Humanities seminar Topic Modelling will take place. In this seminar, Dr Lorella Viola (Cultural History) will show the added value of using Topic Modelling for humanities scholars who typically adopt a close reading approach rather than a distant one.
Topic Modelling is a computational, statistical method to discover patterns and topics in large collections of (unstructured) text (e.g., emails, book chapters, newspapers’ articles). Its main value lies in the possibility to find semantic patterns that would be not visible otherwise. Such patterns may be helpful to categorize documents in large archives or to discover the underlying structure of big corpora without the need to read each individual document.
During the seminar, we will delve into Topic Modelling itself, addressing questions such as “what is a topic?” and “is Topic Modelling for me?”, before showing in practice how Topic Modelling works through a demonstration. There will also be plenty of time to ask questions and for discussion.
The seminar will end with a general consultation part where questions can be asked about Topic Modelling, but also on other digital humanities methodology. To be able to help you with your questions, please fill in your question in the registration form.