Analyzing Text Data

After a great introduction to text analysis and PMF from Allen Downey from Olin College (author of Think Stats), students had a chance to play with quantitative text analysis.  Grabbing lyrics from a website, and analyzing it with our WordCounter tool, the students looked at the words and phrases used most often by various artists.

Here’s some notes on running this text analysis activity.

Here are some pictures of what they sketched out in the 20 minutes I gave them:

which artists talk about “you”, “I” and “me”
who Johnny Cash talk about
which parts of the body Nicki Minaj and Eminem talk about
the repeating chorus refrains of the Indigo Girls
how much different artists talk about love
what Coldplay sings about
narcissism among big-time artists


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