Applications of Textual Analysis in Social Sciences

Instructor: Lee Gao
Office: GSIA 301
Phone: 617-955-0727
Email: lilig@andrew.cmu.edu
Office Hours: Mon and Wed, 2:00pm-3:00pm, or by appointment
Dates: March 25th, April 1st, 8th, 22nd. 2016
Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Location: Posner 384
Syllabus

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Lee Gao

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
  • The goal of this workshop is to describe the "big picture" of the concurrent popular methods in computational linguistics, introduce popular off-the-shelf software packages, and lead students to develop basic textual analysis skills through weekly homework and a data analysis project. Techniques introduced in this workshop have been used in financial news sentiment analysis, political ideology estimates and so on.
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COMMUNICATION
  • The best way to get in touch with me is by email: lilig@andrew.cmu.edu. You can also attend my office hours or arrange an appointment to meet me in my office or contact me by phone (see details above).

  • I greatly value your feedback on any aspects of this workshop. Please feel free to contact me in person or by email with suggestions. I have also set up an anonymous feedback system here. You can use it throughout the workshop to communicate any concern or question regarding the materials, the class, etc. I will try to address your comments as promptly as possible.
ASSIGNMENTS (OPTIONAL)
  • There will be 4 assignments. As this workshop contains no credit, assignments are not required, but are encouraged. The assignments can help students to digest the theories and practice the empirical methods covered in the lectures. Each assignment will be released around each lecture day, covering the materials taught in class, and the solution to the past-week assignment will be released at the same time. The assignments will not be graded.
DATA ANALYSIS PROJECT (OPTIONAL)
  • There will be 1 data analysis project, which is also optional. Students are encouraged to put the methods learned in class into real research problems. Students who plan to work on a project should submit a proposal in the second lecture (April 1st). Due to the short span of this workshop, that is pretty demanding! The proposal should be less than 1 page, it does not need to cover all the methodology details, it is very unlikely that you will have a clear idea about what kind of methods will be appropriate for your research after just 1 lecture. The proposal only needs to cover the research idea and the data set you plan to use, and you should come to my office hour and I will suggest some ideas to try.

  • The midterm report is due on April 15th (no class, submit to me in email). The midterm report should be about 3 - 5 pages, including introduction, literature review, data set descriptions, preliminary results and plans for the future.

  • The final resport is due on April 29th (no class, submit to me in email). The final report should be about 7 - 8 pages, including introduction, literature reivew, data set descriptions, results and conclusion. After the submission, I will give you my feedback as soon as possible.
USEFUL LINKS

WEEK 0
WEEK 1: FRIDAY, MARCH 25
WEEK 2: FRIDAY, APRIL 1
WEEK 3: FRIDAY, APRIL 8
WEEK 4: FRIDAY, APRIL 22