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Introduction to R

Dr. Wouter van Atteveldt, Dr. Kasper Welbers

Date: 13.11.2019 ics-file

Location: Cologne / Course language: Englisch

About the lecturer - Dr. Wouter van Atteveldt

About the lecturer - Dr. Kasper Welbers

Course description

This workshop will give an introduction to topic modeling using R. The first day of the workshop we will introduce R, Rstudio, and tidyverse. This day can be safely skipped by students or researchers with experience in using R.

Learning objectives

Students participating in the first day will learn the basics of R. All students will understand the principles and working of topic modeling and (unsupservised) text analysis in general. Students will be able to use R for running LDA and Structural Topic Models, and interpret and visualize the results.


No specific prior knowledge is required, but a basic knowledge of math and statistics will help understand the algorithms. Participants without knowledge of R are strongly advised to install R and RStudio beforehand and make themselves familiar with the software. All participants are advised to browse through chapters 9-16 of R4DS (


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