Call for Participation: Topic Modeling for Humanities Research: An NEH-funded Workshop

Monday, August 13, 2012 - 12:00am

Topic Modeling for Humanities Research solicits applications to attend this one-day National Endowment for the Humanities-funded workshop
Date: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Location: University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland USA
Time: 9 am to 5 pm

Applications Due: August 13th

Topic Modeling for Humanities will facilitate 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 will be 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. The workshop will provide an opportunity for humanists and scholars working in natural language processing jointly to identify potential areas of research and development within applications, extensions, and implementation of topic modeling. Topic Modeling in the Humanities will provide humanities scholars with a deeper understanding of the vocabulary of LDA topic modeling (and other latent variable modeling methods) and best practices for interpreting the output of such analysis, and will articulate fundamental literary and historical questions for researchers outside of the humanities who are developing the models and methods (as well as the software implementations). The organizers encourage applications from faculty, staff, and graduate students, as well as other academics and the general public with a serious interest in natural language processing, topic modeling, and the literary and historical questions that intersect with these research areas.

To apply to attend the Topic Modeling Workshop, please visit here. Applications should include an application statement (may consist of up to 2 pages) and a current curriculum vitae.

The application statement should directly address the following criteria:
1) how will participation in this workshop further your career advancement? Please include a statement of any current projects in topic modeling and skills you might bring to the workshop.
2) what do you see yourself accomplishing through participation in the workshop?
3) what resources might you anticipate contributing to potential areas of research and development within applications, extensions, and implementation of topic modeling post-workshop?

Participants will be selected based on these criteria with each area being weighted equally. Notification of selection will be made by September 1st. For more information, please visit the topic modeling workshop website.

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