Connecting the humanities, social sciences & computer science
In order to get meaningful information from very large repositories of text, you need to know what you are looking for and how to find it. The Text Mining specialisation of the Master’s programme in Linguistics teaches you how to mine text by applying Artificial Intelligence techniques.
What is text mining?
There is more digital information available than ever before. But how can we use this availability of information to improve society? By applying Artificial Intelligence techniques, you can teach a computer how to search through enormous amounts of textual data to find information or make connections that have previously alluded scientists and decision-makers. For example:
- countless medical reports and scientific papers on specific symptoms contain information that could lead to better treatments and cures for diseases
- an abundance of documents on economic policies and their effects could lead to improved decision making and stronger economies
- the opinions of millions of people on all kinds of topics are available on social media, which could help us understand issues like how propaganda and misinformation is spread, how language is evolving and even how people deal with anxiety
- historical archives, libraries with centuries of books are now available digitally, and exploring them through new techniques could give us a deeper understanding of history and religion
Useful for all fields of knowledge
Although text mining is grounded in linguistics, computer science and Artificial Intelligence, it is extremely relevant for almost all fields of knowledge. That is why the programme is open to graduates in nearly every academic discipline. As a graduate with expertise in your field of knowledge, you know what kind of information to look for within your discipline. With the Master’s specialisation in Text Mining, you will become a pioneer in the analysis of textual big data using Artificial Intelligence techniques. You bring your disciplinary expertise; we teach you the tools and techniques to advance your discipline by mining big data.
In the first period, you will learn the basics of linguistics and programming in Python for Text Analysis.
The second period brings you more specialised knowledge and skills as you learn how to look at language as data and how to use methods and tools for the processing of language in the course NLP Foundations.
In periods three and four, you will really dive into text mining. In Applied Text Mining, you will gain hands-on experience in building a ‘reading machine’. In Text Mining in Domains, you will apply your newly acquired knowledge in your professional domain. At the same time, you will follow a course in Machine Learning, which focuses on working with language.
You will write your Master’s thesis in the last two periods, probably based on an internship in the language industry. Every year we organise a meet and greet where institutes and companies visit us to meet our students and talk about the possibilities for internships. Have a look at the 2019 program.
Find an overview of the mandatory courses below. Or view all the courses in our Study Guide.