Text Analysis

Quantifying Words

We provide consultations about text analysis, a computational approach to studying texts. Sometimes referred to as text mining or distant reading, it relies on a suite of tools to quantify textual elements in order to identify meaningful patterns. Some areas of text analysis include:

  • Word frequency: Examining prominence of terms across one or several texts
  • Parts of speech: Quantifying grammatical distinctions
  • Named-entity recognition: Detection of proper nouns
  • Sentiment analysis: Classifying texts as positive or negative in tone
  • Topic modeling: Identifying themes across a body of texts

We can assist you in conducting text analysis by developing testable hypotheses, formatting text for machine analysis, and getting started with text analysis tools.


Recommended Tools

AntConc | Natural Language Toolkit | Quanteda | Topic Modeling Tool | Voyant


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