We teach weekly workshops on different computer programs, R packages, and Python scripts that are popular among researchers. In addition to these regular workshops, we are also available to teach workshops for other research groups on campus, and we frequently collaborate with other groups on campus to facilitate workshops within the Journalism & Mass Communication Department.

Resources from our 2018-2019 workshops can be found here.


Meet our Master Trainers

Students who have presented two or more unique workshops are considered Master Trainers. In the 2018-2019 year, we had five Master Trainers:

Jordan Foley
Chuan Liu
Josephine Lukito
Jiyoun Suk
Zhongkai Sun

Spring 2019 Workshops

Date Topic Tools
Feb 1 Text Analysis II – quanteda quanteda (R)
Feb 8 CANCELLED (Flooding)
Feb 15 Reporting Results – LaTeX LateX
Feb 22 Intro to Python, Syntax and Data Structures pandas (Python)
Mar 1 Unsupervised ML – LDA Topic Modeling topicmodels (R)
Mar 8 Crossroads – No Meeting
March 15 Unsupervised ML – Structural Topic Modeling stm (R)
March 22 Spring Break – No Meeting
March 29 No Meeting
April 5 Network Analysis igraph, ggnet (R)
April 12 No Meeting
April 19 SQL and/or BigQuery
April 26 Machine Learning mlr (R), possibly a Python package
May 3 Advanced NLP ClearNLP

For more information about what we have taught, please visit our blog.

Popular Workshops

We teach these workshops regularly. For UW-Madison research groups and classes interested in one of these workshops, please contact our research group lead.

  • MediaCloud tutorial (1 hour)
  • rvest (R) tutorial (1.5 hours)
  • LIWC and Diction tutorial (2 hours)
  • tidytext (R) tutorial (2 hours)


Hosted Workshops

In addition to teaching our own workshops, we often collaborate with other departments and research groups. We have helped host the following workshops: