ECARES Doctoral Lectures 2020-2021

November 19 2020

Ruben Durante, UPF will give lectures on “Text Analysis for Economists”

Course objective

An ever-increasing share of human communication is recorded as digital text. Analysing and making sense of this vast amount of data is increasingly important for research in the social sciences. This course provides an accelerated introduction to the theory and practice of text analysis by surveying methods for systematically extracting quantitative information from text, from classical content analysis and dictionary-based methods, to classification methods, scaling methods, and topic models. The course introduces the theoretical foundations for text analysis but mainly takes a practical approach, illustrating the methods through state-of-the-art applications to research questions in economics, political science, and finance. Lectures will be complemented with hands-on exercises working with text data in Python

Lecture 1 : Monday December 7 (14:30 – 16:00)
From text to data
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Lecture 2 : Wednesday December 16 (14:00 – 15:30)
Important notions
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Next lectures will take place in January/February 2021 (to be fixed)

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