Topic Modeling for Humanities Research
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
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Topic Modeling for Humanities Research, a one-day workshop directed by Assistant Director of MITH Dr. Jennifer Guiliano, received a Level 1 Digital Humanities start up from the National Endowment for the Humanities on April 19, 2011. The workshop facilitated a unique opportunity for cross-fertilization, information exchange, and collaboration between and among humanities scholars and researchers in natural language processing on the subject of topic modeling applications and methods. The workshop was organized into three primary areas: 1) an overview of how topic modeling is currently being used in the humanities; 2) an inventory of extensions of the LDA model that have particular relevance for humanities research questions; and 3) a discussion of software implementations, toolkits, and interfaces. Of particular note in this final review is the completion of all project goals including the workshop itself on November 3, 2012 at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) on the University of Maryland College Park campus.