Workshop - Mathematical Analysis of Cultural Expressive Forms: Text Data, 23-27 May 2016, University of California LA, USA

Publish Date: Nov 27, 2015

Deadline: Mar 28, 2016

Event Dates: from May 23, 2016 12:00 to May 27, 2016 12:00

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)

Application & Registration

The application form is for those requesting financial support to attend the workshop. We urge you to apply early. Applications received by Monday, March 28, 2016 will receive fullest consideration. Questions and supporting documents should be sent to the email below. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as funding decisions are made. If you do not need or want to apply for funding, you may simply register. IPAM will close registration if we reach capacity; for this reason, we encourage you to register early.

We have funding especially to support the attendance of recent PhD’s, graduate students, and researchers in the early stages of their career; however, mathematicians and scientists at all levels who are interested in this area are encouraged to apply for funding. Encouraging the careers of women and minority mathematicians and scientists is an important component of IPAM’s mission and we welcome their applications.

Please send your questions and supporting documents to:


Faculty $75
Government/Military Participant $75
Graduate Student $25
Industry $100
Postdoc $50

Registration fees must be received two weeks in advance of the first day of the workshop to qualify for the early registration fees listed above. After that date, registration fees increase by $10. There are no refunds of registration fees, barring extenuating circumstances.


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.

Hotel Palomar
10740 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90024
Phone: 424-901-7292

Speakers and participants receiving IPAM support should consult their offer letters and the Policies page for specific instructions and limitations.

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