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Text Mining Tools and Methods

This guide contains resources for researching with text mining

What is R?

R is an open-source programming language and command-based application.  This language is a powerful visualization and analysis tool for data. R is primarily used for statistical analysis, so it lends itself well to text mining, particularly using the tm (text mining) package.

The Scholarly Commons has lab computers with both R and RStudio, a user-friendly graphical interface for using R. Researchers are welcome to come in and try the environment to test it out. If you'd like to try it on your personal computer, you can can download R and RStudio onto your own computer.

R Tutorial

This tutorial by Seth Robins is written as a .R file. You can follow along after you have installed R: