Taking text data to the next level – Unsupervised and supervised approaches in NLP @R-Ladies Bergen

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I had the great pleasure to talk about NLP at R-Ladies Bergen yesterday. Thanks to everyone for making this event so much fun! The talk covers both unsupervised and supervised approaches and introduces you to quanteda, an R package that allows you to perform NLP tasks.

All material can be accessed here (including slides, raw and deployed code as well as the recording). The talk itself is heavily based on this blogpost.

Here are some further insights into the talk:

Code
# Plot a word cloud
quanteda::textplot_wordcloud(
# Load the DFM object
mydfm,
# Define the minimum number the words have to occur
min_count = 3,
# Define the maximum number the words can occur
max_words = 500,
# Define a color
color = wes_palette("Darjeeling1")
)
Code
# This code is heavily inspired by Julia Silge's blog post
# (https://juliasilge.com/blog/sherlock-holmes-stm/)
Code
# This code is heavily inspired by this blog post:
# (https://www.mzes.uni-mannheim.de/socialsciencedatalab/article/advancing-text-mining/)

Code
data %>%
# Generate the country name for each country using the
# `countrycode()` command
dplyr::mutate(countryname = countrycode(ccode, "iso3c", "country.name")) %>%
# Filter and only select specific countries that we want to compare
dplyr::filter(countryname %in% c(
"Germany",
"France",
"United Kingdom",
"Norway",
"Spain",
"Sweden"
)) %>%
# Now comes the plotting part :-)
ggplot() +
# We do a bar plot that has the years on the x-axis and the level of the
# net-sentiment on the y-axis
# We also color it so that all the net-sentiments greater 0 get a
# different color
geom_col(aes(
x = year,
y = net_perc,
fill = (net_perc > 0)
)) +
# Here we define the colors as well as the labels and title of the legend
scale_fill_manual(
name = "Sentiment",
labels = c("Negative", "Positive"),
values = c("#C93312", "#446455")
) +
# Now we add the axes labels
xlab("Time") +
ylab("Net sentiment") +
# And do a facet_wrap by country to get a more meaningful visualization
facet_wrap(~ countryname)
Code
# Inspired here: https://bit.ly/37MCEHg
# Get the 30 top features from the DFM
freq_feature <- topfeatures(mydfm, 30)
# Create a data.frame for ggplot
data <- data.frame(list(
term = names(freq_feature),
frequency = unname(freq_feature)
))
# Plot the plot
data %>%
# Call ggplot
ggplot() +
# Add geom_segment (this will give us the lines of the lollipops)
geom_segment(aes(
x = reorder(term, frequency),
xend = reorder(term, frequency),
y = 0,
yend = frequency
), color = "grey") +
# Call a point plot with the terms on the x-axis
# and the frequency on the y-axis
geom_point(aes(x = reorder(term, frequency), y = frequency)) +
# Flip the plot
coord_flip() +
# Add labels for the axes
xlab("") +
ylab("Absolute frequency of the features")
Code
data %>%
# Generate the continent for each country using the `countrycode()` command
dplyr::mutate(continent = countrycode(ccode, "iso3c", "continent",
custom_match = c("YUG" = "Europe"))) %>%
# We group by continent and year to generate the average sentiment by
# continent and and year
group_by(continent, year) %>%
dplyr::mutate(avg = mean(net_perc)) %>%
# We now plot it
ggplot() +
# Using a line chart with year on the x-axis, the average sentiment
# by continent on the y-axis and colored by continent
geom_line(aes(x = year, y = avg, col = continent)) +
# Define the colors
scale_color_manual(name = "", values = wes_palette("Darjeeling1")) +
# Label the axes
xlab("Time") +
ylab("Average net sentiment")

These figures above show the output of more basic supervised and unsupervised models in NLP that you can use and that we covered during the talk. And as you work more and more with textual data, you will see that there is so much more in the field of NLP including document similarity, text generation or even chat bots that you can create using your knowledge and starting with the same simple steps that I presented in the talk 👩🏼‍💻

If you want more resources, you can access them here:

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