AmCAT workshops@VU – April 9 & April 16

AmCAT workshops@VU: 9 April (beginner), 16 April (advanced)amcat_navigator
I will be giving two workshops for AmCAT users in April at the VU Amsterdam. The workshops are open to anyone interested, but please mail me if you want to attend either or both workshops, and if there are any specific questions you would like answered.
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Using AmCAT: April 9, 13:30 – 16:30, Location TBA
On the 9th of April, I will help everyone who wants to get started with using AmCAT3. This workshop is aimed at scientists from the social sciences or humanities who want to get started with using digital text analysis methods. Existing users who have used AmCAT2 will also be interested to learn what is new and changed in this version.

Topics will depend on audience demand, but include:

  • What is AmCAT? Can I use AmCAT?
  • Getting started: project managements, adding your texts to AmCAT, users
  • Automatic coding: using keyword queries, improving queries, estimating validity, using codebooks.
  • Manual coding: designing codebooks and coding schemas, coding, extracting results
  • Hands-on session. Please bring a laptop if you want to participate in the hands-on part of the workshop!


Advanced AmCAT: April 16, 13:30 – 16:30, Location TBA
This workshop is made for people who are interested in the more technologically advanced capabilites of AmCAT. People who are interested in using AmCAT in conjunction with R of python will also be interested. No specific technical knowledge is required to understand the workshop, but some experience with R will help a lot. Please bring a laptop if you plan to attend this session (I can provide one if needed)

Topics will depend on audience demand, but include:

  • The AmCAT API: how to access your data from python/R
  • Scraping / uploading articles from other data sources
  • Topic modeling and machine learning on AmCAT data
  • Extracting quotes and statements: Grammatical analysis and graph transformations