Topic Modeling for Humanities Scholars Workshop




Other Resources


What will you need?

1. Mallet Gui (it has been downloaded and installed on classroom computers)

2. Texts

a) First-Person Narratives from Doc South project (Digital Library Interface)

A collection of diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, travel accounts, and ex-slave narratives written by Southerners 1860-1920.

b) Back-up zip file (Bush - Obama State of Union Addresses)

c) State of Union Addresses (1790-2012) (zip file)

Sample results

Interpreting results from topic modeling takes practice.  It's also helpful to produce graphs that may help visualize the results.  Here's an example of some visualization of results from a topic modeling approach to State of Union Addresses: 2005-2012. Topics and their contributions. The full spreadsheet is here. 

The network graph shows which topics are shared, and which are unique.

Another visualization of the same data: six Bush four Obama five one ten two eight nine seven three 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

Librarian for Digital Research and Scholarship

Zoe Borovsky
phone: 310-825-4954
Skype Contact

Tool Reviews

Graham, S. (2013, April 4). Review of MALLET, produced by Andrew Kachites McCallum. Journal of Digital Humanities. Retrieved March 16, 2014, from