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Subject: [ E-SSchool ] Call for Applications (IQLA-GIAT Summer School in Quantitative Analysis of Textual Data)
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Date received: 31 May 2013
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Start date: 16 Sep 2013

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IQLA-GIAT Summer School in Quantitative Analysis of Textual Data
University of Padua, 16-20 September 2013

The analysis of textual data and large corpora is an object of
research in many sectors of linguistics, computer sciences,
mathematics and statistics and is used as a research tool within
a number of disciplines such as psychology, sociology,
sociolinguistics, education, history, political studies,
communication and media studies. The recent evolution of
information technologies (IT) and quantitative methods has led to
a number of distinct but interrelated sectors (e.g. computational
linguistics, information retrieval, natural language processing,
text mining, sentiment analysis, opinion mining, etc.) with
interesting industrial applications (e.g. electronic
dictionaries, artificial intelligence, computer-aided
translation) and, today, text analysis is an umbrella term
referring to a wide range of qualitative, quantitative and
mixed-methods approaches. Recent studies have repeatedly stressed
the need for developing, adopting and sharing interdisciplinary
approaches and the IQLA-GIAT Summer School is the ideal
environment for developing innovative analytical tools by pooling
together the research methods of both Quantitative Linguistics
and the Statistical Analysis of Textual Data. Teaching activities
will raise questions that can be answered thanks to quantitative
methods implemented within a text analysis framework and other
procedures which may be used to identify and compare the
characteristics of texts. The aim is to discuss with students,
young researchers and scholars of different disciplines the
strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of quantitative
methods for text analysis. Specific skills will be developed
mainly with reference to the operating logic of software and
tools, so that participants are trained to exploit different
tools within the same environment and the same tool in different

The participants selected for the IQLA-GIAT Summer School have
the opportunity to develop the necessary expertise to exploit
integrated approaches to text analysis for a better understanding
of the role played by theoretical issues, expected results and
data and software selection. The IQLA-GIAT Summer School is aimed
1. sharing information on software, corpora, relevant literature
   and research results; 2. promoting a dialogue among different
   disciplines on actual research issues; 3. developing
   innovative analytical tools and integrated research methods;
   4. introducing students and young researchers to new strains
   of research and applications; 5. sharing state-of-the-art
   knowledge in five main areas:
        a) Corpora and textual data collection
        b) Quantitative linguistics
        c) Authorship attribution
        d) Content mapping and data visualization
        e) Software for computer-aided analysis of textual data

All courses are taught in English The teaching staff includes
researchers and experts from European universities: Toulose II,
ENS Lion (France), Trier (Germany), Athens (Greece), Neuchatel
(Switzerland), Bologna, Padova, Trieste, Roma "La Sapienza"
(Italy). Teaching activities include lectures and lab sessions,
as well as workshops illustrating software and tools.

The IQLA-GIAT Summer School in Quantitative Analysis of Textual
Data is organized by GIAT - Interdisciplinary Text Analysis Group
(www.giat.org) in collaboration with the International
Quantitative Linguistics Association (www.iqla.org) and the
Department of Computational Linguistics of the University of
Trier (www.uni-trier.de). The IQLA-GIAT Summer School is a
project funded by the University of Padua (www.unipd.it),
coordinated by prof. Arjuna Tuzzi (University of Padua).

The IQLA-GIAT Summer School will take place from Monday 16th to
Friday 20th September 2013 The IQLA-GIAT Summer School is a
full-time intensive course held on
- Monday from 10.30 am to 6.00 pm
- Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm

University of Padua Department of Philosophy, Sociology,
Education & Applied Psychology (Dipartimento di Filosofia,
Sociologia, Pedagogia e Psicologia Applicata - FISPPA) Sociology
buildings via Cesarotti, 10/12 I-35123 Padova, ITALY

The IQLA-GIAT Summer School is open to 20 participants including
researchers, scholars and postgraduate students. Applicants
should send a file in pdf format including:
- curriculum vitae
- personal mission statement (max 500 words)
- the request for ECTS credit (if needed - 3 CFU). Applications
  should be sent to the following address:

Application deadline: 9th August 2013
Selection criteria privilege foreign (i.e. non-Italian)
applicants and younger candidates to encourage participation from
different countries and comply with gender equality. Candidates
will receive a confirmation of acceptance by 16th August 2003
Tuition fee: 220 ?

Inscription deadline: 30th August 2013
Final Assessment
1) All participants will be requested to fill in a questionnaire
   to assess the main aspects of the IQLA-GIAT Summer School
   (e.g. organization, teaching, materials, facilities and
   equipment, expectations, satisfaction rate, suggestions etc.).
2) If they wish to receive ECTS credits (3 CFU), participants
   shall take a written test including 30 multiple choice
   questions (one correct answer out of four). The passing grade
   is 15 correct answers. Grades will reflect the sum of all
   correct answers (one point) according to the following range:
   A (29-30 points); B (25-28 points); C (21-24 points); D (17-20
   points); E (15-16 points).

Claudia Andreatta, Ph.D. summerschool.giat_(at)_unipd.it

For any further information and details about terms, deadlines,
application forms and payment modalities, please contact:
summerschool.giat_(at)_unipd.it or arjuna.tuzzi_(at)_unipd.it.

Provisional program

1. Collecting Corpora (Stefano Ondelli, University of Trieste,
2. LAB - Collecting Corpora on the Web (Alberto Cammozzo, IT
   expert, Italy)
3. Qualitative vs. Quantitative Approaches (Alberta Contarello,
   University of Padua, Italy)
4. Quantitative Measures in Linguistics (Reinhard Köhler,
   University of Trier, Germany)

Quantitative Linguistics
5. Measures of Lexical Richness (Sven Neumann, University of
   Trier, Germany)
6. Linguistics Laws ( Andrej Beliankou, University of Trier,
7. LAB - Probability distributions (Sven Neumann , Andrej
   Beliankou, University of Trier, Germany)
8. Quantitative Syntax Analysis (Reinhard Köhler, University of
   Trier, Germany)

Authorship Attribution
9. Authorship Attribution I (Jacques Savoy, University of
   Neuchatel, Switzerland)
10. Authorship Attribution II (Mirko Degli Esposti, University of
    Bologna, Italy)
11. Authorship Attribution III (George Mikros, University of
    Athens, Greece)

Content Mapping and Data Visualization
12. LAB - Profiling (George Mikros, University of Athens, Greece)
13. LAB - Content Mapping (Arjuna Tuzzi, University of Padua,

Software (Workshop)
14. LAB - Software Iramuteq (Pierre Ratinaud, University of
    Toulose II, France)
15. LAB - Software TXM (Serge Heiden, ENS Lion, France)
16. LAB - Software Taltac (Isabella Chiari, University of Rome
    "La Sapienza", Italy)
17. LAB - in progress

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