Text Analysis | College of Arts

Text Analysis

2021 Summer Workshops, college of arts, university of guelph

Distant Reading in Theory and Practice:
Computational Approaches to Text Analysis

This workshop is full for 2021!


Asen Ivanov, University of Guelph
Lisa Baer-Tsarfati, University of Guelph
Paul Barrett, University of Guelph


This survey course introduces distant reading concepts, methods, and techniques such as data mining, sentiment, textual analysis, word embedding, and topic modelling. It is not a math course; however, it will introduce students to concepts in data science, data collection, data cleaning, statistics, and machine learning as they are relevant to the Digital Humanities. By employing examples and case studies, as well as incorporating participants’ own data, this course will offer an opportunity for participants to gain hands-on experience collecting data, curating data, and employing  distant reading techniques.

Intended Audience:

Anyone with an interest in digital humanities and language. While this course will employ Python, no prior programming experience is necessary.

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.