WiSo Graduate School UHH: Quantitative Text Analysis

Institution: Graduate School at Faculty of Business, Economcis and Social Sciences – Universität Hamburg

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Heike Klüver

Fr., 27.06.16, 08:00 – 20:00 Uhr
Sa., 28.05.17, 09:00 – 20:00 Uhr

Place: Universität Hamburg, Von-Melle-Park 9, Room A 510

Registration: You can register for the course until 14.04.16 (13:00) via Geventis

Course description:
This workshop will provide you with an overview of quantitative text analysis methods that allow you to systematically extract information from texts. The course will start with more traditional approaches such as manual hand-coding, but quickly moves to recent advances in political methodology that treat words as data. The course will begin with important concepts
in content analysis such as content validity and intercoder reliability. We will afterwards take a closer look at manual hand-coding approaches before turning to computer-assisted dictionary-based text analysis techniques. This will be followed by a discussion of Wordscores and Wordfish, two cutting-edge content analysis approaches that allow you to automatically extract policy positions from political texts. Finally, we will cover automated document classification techniques which allow for automatically classifying texts into different thematic areas. The course will combine theoretical sessions with practical exercises to allow participants to immediately apply the presented techniques.

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