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UVA Winter DH Workshop: Python for Humanists

Monday, January 11, 2021 - 10:00am to Friday, January 15, 2021 - 5:00pm
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What: Weeklong workshop on Python approaches to large-scale text analytics (online)

When: January 11-15

Who:  open to UVA faculty, graduate and advanced undergraduate students, and staff (enrollment cap: 25)

Sponsored by: Humanities Informatics Lab and Research Computing

Where: Zoom webinar

Difficulty level: Introductory

This DH Workshop will provide an introduction to the Python programming language, with emphasis on tools for text analysis.  Topics will begin with the computational pre-processing task of “reading in” text files in multiple formats, creating visualizations of word frequencies, and performing simple text manipulations to prepare texts for further analysis. More advanced topics will include sentiment analysis and topic modeling. The goals of the workshop are i) to expose the learners to the capabilities of programming, ii) to provide them with a specific set of text-analysis tools that they may use within their disciplines, iii) to prepare them for working on the University’s high performance computing cluster. The online workshop will run for five days, from January 11-15, 2021. On each day, the learner will participate in two 90-minute Zoom meetings -- one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Throughout the week, faculty and expert text analytics practitioners will offer 30-45 minute presentations focused on their research, courses, or projects demonstrating to participants the various ways their text analytics skills can be implemented in their own academic careers.. Participants will work on hands-on activities between the meetings. Participants may supply their own text corpus in advance, or they may use ones provided. 

By the end of the week, participants will propose and scope out a text analytics research project pertaining to their own research or teaching. Throughout the following semester, follow-up office hours with the instructor will occur weekly in support of these individual projects: help for high-performance computing facilities will also be ongoing. Participants will also have the option of forming a working group to provide camaraderie and support.