About the Workshop. Mathematical Analysis of Cultural Expressive Forms: Text Data
Comprehensive collections of texts stretching back in time to the beginning of writing have become increasingly available in machine actionable form — from corpora of cuneiform writing, to the vast collections of medieval texts from Europe and Asia, to the immense “sea of the unread” represented by the Hathi Trust and Google Books collections. Similarly, millions of “born digital” texts are flooding the virtual world on a daily basis, from tweets, to blog posts, to other cultural expressive forms. These developments represent an unprecedented opportunity to advance knowledge in the broad domain of the impact of writing on the dynamics of culture.
This workshop focuses on the leading approaches to (a) extracting entities, topics, or narrative patterns from large, unstructured collections of text and analyzing them to (b) derive meaning from textual data and (c) understand the dynamics of social interactions or historical change. These approaches include text mining tools, sentiment analysis, topic modeling, textual memes, cross-language information retrieval, trend analysis, information retrieval, recommendations, and predictions of whether something will go “viral”. Mathematical tools include Bayesian models, supervised and unsupervised machine learning, optimization, and statistical language modeling techniques.
David Blei (Columbia University)
Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil (Cornell University)
Kristina Lerman, Chair (University of Southern California (USC))
David Mimno (Cornell University)
Vwani Roychowdhury (UCLA)
Ted Underwood (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, English)
IPAM has room blocks at the following local hotels for workshop participants. You may also consult IPAM’s Hotel Page for other options.
Hilgard House is a short walk from IPAM and Westwood Village. They offer free parking for one car, excluding vans and SUVs. The UCLA rate is $157/night for single occupancy (about $179 with tax). Please identify yourself as an IPAM guest when you make your reservation. Rooms will be blocked until three weeks before the first day of the workshop. If you use the hotel’s online form to make your reservation, refer to the IPAM program in the comment box and they will adjust your rate accordingly.
Hilgard House Hotel
927 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024 (map)
Phone: 310-208-3945 or 800-826-3934
Email: Hilgard House Hotel Reservations
Hotel Palomar is a Kimpton Hotel on Wilshire Blvd. It is within walking distance of IPAM, but also offers shuttle service upon request. There is a restaurant on site. Parking is available to IPAM guests at the discounted rate of $25/day. IPAM’s room rate at Hotel Palomar is $199/night (around $230 with tax) through June 30, 2016. To make your reservation, email or call Karen Fernandez, the IPAM reservations coordinator, and identify yourself as an IPAM guest. Rooms will be blocked until two weeks before the first day of the workshop.
10740 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90024
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