Essential Data Science for Business: Unstructured Data Analysis - Text Mining with Tidy Data Principles

February 10, 2021 1-4 pm ET

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Unstructured Data Analysis - Text Mining with Tidy Data Principles


Have you ever encountered text data and suspected there was useful insight latent within it but felt frustrated about how to find that insight? Have you used dplyr and ggplot2 before, and are ready to learn how unstructured data such as text can be analyzed within the tidyverse ecosystem? Do you need a flexible framework for handling unstructured data that allows you to engage in tasks from exploratory data analysis to supervised predictive modeling?

Unstructured data is increasingly important in many domains, and tidy data principles and tidy tools can make mining data like text easier and more effective. In this workshop, learn how to manipulate, summarize, and visualize the characteristics of unstructured and text data using these methods and R packages from the tidy tool ecosystem. These tools are highly effective for many analytical questions and allow analysts to integrate natural language processing into effective workflows already in wide use. Explore how to implement approaches such as sentiment analysis of texts, measuring tf-idf, network analysis of words, and, time permitting, building both supervised and unsupervised text models.

At the end of this tutorial, participants will understand how to:

  • Perform exploratory data analyses of text datasets, including summarization and data visualization
  • Understand and implement both tf-idf and sentiment analysis
  • Build models for text using tidy data principles


Please login into the tutorial with a computer that has the following installed (all available for free):
•    A recent version of R, available at
•    A recent version of RStudio Desktop (RStudio Desktop Open Source License), available at
•    The following R packages, which you can install by connecting to the internet, opening RStudio, and running at the command line:

install.packages(c("tidyverse", "tidytext", 
                   "gutenbergr", "stm",
                   "tidymodels", "glmnet", 
                   "vip", "textrecipes"))

Slides and other resources for this session can be accessed at:



Julia Silge (RStudio)

Series Goals

NISS is interested in sharing knowledge.  To this end, these tutorials have been geared to provide practical information that you can use tomorrow. Examples, projects and code sharing are a part of these sessions wherever possible.

Series Prerequisites

Participants require a working knowledge of probability distributions, statistical inference, statistical modeling and time series analysis as a prerequisite. Students who do not have this foundation or have not reviewed this material within the past couple of years will struggle with the concepts and methods that build on this foundation.  Please Note: Each tutorial is presented as a stand-alone tutorial, in other words, you need not to have attended earlier sessions in order to attend later sessions.


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About the Instructor

Julia Silge is a data scientist and software engineer at RStudio PBC where she works on open source modeling tools. She is an author, an international keynote speaker, and a real-world practitioner focusing on data analysis and machine learning practice. Julia loves text analysis, making beautiful charts, and communicating about technical topics with diverse audiences.

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National Institute of Statistical Sciences


National Institute of Statistical Sciences


$35 for this session; $250 for all 10 Data Science Sessions


Online Tutorial
Julia Silge (Data Scientist and Software Engineer at RStudio), Instructor of the "Unstructured Data Analysis - Text Mining with Tidy Data Principles" tutorial.