Wed 2 Sep 2020 17:00 - Wed 30 Sep 2020 18:00
Event type:



Data discovery & use

Target Group(s):

Data users

Skill level(s):



Online / any




UK Data Service (UKDS)

Event website:

Coding Demonstrations: Text Mining in Python

This free series of four webinars, organised by the UK Data Service, introduces core text-mining concepts and demonstrates some basic and advanced methods that can be customised to the needs of individual research projects.

Social scientists may find that working with semi-unstructured data, such as natural language text, is an essential but time consuming and difficult part of a research project. However, there are some simple computational techniques that researchers can learn that can improve how they work with text data. These techniques can help researchers speed up and simplify their text analysis as well as make their research methods more transparently documented and reproducible.

Led by Dr Diarmuid McDonnell and Dr Julia Kasmire of the UK Data Service, September’s demonstrations address the following topics:


Importing text data and basic preparations – 02 September 2020 @ 4pm (17 CET)

Basic Natural Language Processing – 16 September 2020 @ 4pm (17 CET)

Training a classifier for sentiment analysis – 23 September 2020 @ 4pm (17 CET)

Extracting named entities and creating a social network – 30 September 2020 @ 4pm (17 CET)


Each code demo works through coding examples line-by-line, explaining the logical and programmatic aspects of the methods being demonstrated. During each session you will be able to run the code yourself in real time without any installation on your machine. Each demonstration uses the popular Python programming language and lasts for roughly 30 minutes, followed by up to 30 minutes for Q&A and other interaction.

The link to join these sessions will be sent by email before the first event.

This series is part of a wider training programme on new forms of data for social science research