Session Details

Text Analysis for Demographic Research
(Event: PAA 2020 Annual Meeting)

Apr 22, 2020 8:30am - Apr 22, 2020 5:00pm
Session Type: Workshop


There is a large amount of text data available for potential use in demographic research - both from the internet and from older data sources that can now be effectively digitized. This workshop aims to introduce participants to quantitative methods of text analysis to help incorporate these types of data into their own research. Both quantitative and qualitative researchers interested in exploring the potential uses for these tools are encouraged to attend. Examples will be presented in R, but no experience is necessary. 

Participants can expect a hands-on experience that covers the entire lifecycle of a text analysis project, including:

  • Extracting text data from online sources
  • Cleaning and managing text data 
  • Implementing and visualizing basic text analysis techniques
  • Implementing and exploring the results from topic models

Presenters include:

  • Monica Alexander, Assistant Professor, Departments of Statistical Sciences and Sociology, University of Toronto
  • Leslie Root, PhD Candidate, Department of Demography, University of California, Berkeley


Session Fees
Fee TypeMember FeeNon-Member Fee
This session is free
Early: $175.00 $275.00
Regular: $175.00 $275.00
Late: $175.00 $275.00