What is text mining and how
is it useful for historians?
What are the limitations and
barriers of text mining?
Case study: Google Ngram
On completion of this
section you will
Understand the basics of text
mining as a historian
Have knowledge of the
benefits and barriers to using text mining tools
Be able to use Google Ngram
for basic research purposes
1. The handbook
In this introductory section we will look at text mining
through a simple example and explain what text mining is, and
why it is useful. Open up the following handbook and work
through each page and the exercises contained within.
If you would like to hear more about the potential of text
mining for historians listen to our seminar video of Professor
Tim Hitchcock (Hertfordshire) who discusses text mining as a
new methodology for analysing large bulks of text (in this case
the Old Bailey Proceedings Online). The video duration is
1:28 hours so you may wish to come back to this later.