Speaker: Dr. Robert Nelson, Director, Digital Scholarship Lab, University of Richmond
Presentation: The Potential and Pitfall of Topic Modeling for Humanities Research
When: Wed., Feb. 25, 2015 at 10:00am
Where: Alderman Library, Room 421
This talk will introduce the text-mining technique called topic modeling, briefly explaining what it is and how it’s done. It will then turn to more substantial questions: what does this technique offer humanities researchers and what are its methodological limitations and problems? Both the potential and the pitfalls of topic modeling will be illustrated through research that uses topic models of newspapers to explore Civil War nationalism. Sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, the Department of Media Studies, the Data Science Institute, the Scholars’ Lab, and the Center for the Study of Data and Knowledge. Dr. Nelson will also be available for one-on-one consultation. Those interested in scheduling a time should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Biography: Robert K. Nelson is the Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab and affiliated faculty in the American Studies program at the University of Richmond. He has directed a number of digital humanities project including the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, “Mining the Dispatch,” “Redlining Richmond,” and the History Engine. He holds a PhD in American Studies from the College of William & Mary. An essay of his on Spiritualism and abolitionism recently appeared in Apocalypse and the Millennium in the American Civil War Era, and earlier work on nineteenth-century cultural and literary history has appeared in the Journal of Social History and American Literature.