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Text Mining for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (NIH OBSSR Methodology Seminar, 8/9/2019)

Posted: 6/23/2019 (Local Events)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) invites you to attend the NIH OBSSR Methodology Seminar: Text Mining for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research on Friday, August 9, 2019, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in Conference Room A1/A2 at the Neuroscience Center (NSC) Building, 6001 Executive Blvd, Rockville, MD 20852.

Free registration for this event is requested. The seminar will not be live webcast. In-person attendance is encouraged. A public access video archive will be provided following the event.
View the meeting agenda here:

The age of Big Data has ushered in a wave of high-volume digital information and much of it is text based. Text mining is a form of data mining that involves collecting and analyzing large volumes of textual data to reveal patterns and relationships. Techniques for mining can be used to extract key concepts, spot trends, summarize content from documents and gain semantic understanding, and index and search text for use in predictive analytics. Text mining has become an important research process with many different commercial and academic applications, and it is becoming more widely applied in social science studies.

This one-day methodology seminar sponsored by the NIH OBSSR will present a basic introductory overview of principles and techniques of text mining for behavioral and social research and showcase some innovative health research examples.

Attendees of this seminar will gain a broad understanding and appreciation for some of the different tools available to collect and analyze large volumes of text data, and they will learn about some notable example applications in behavioral and social sciences health research.

Brendan O’Connor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Information and Computer Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst

David Broniatowski, Ph.D., FPsyS, Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, George Washington University

Quynh Nguyen, Ph.D., MSPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Maryland School of Public Health

For more information please contact: Elizabeth Ginexi, Ph.D., NIH/OBSSR –

Neuroscience Center (NSC) Building
Conference Room A1/A26001
Executive Blvd.,Rockville, MD 20852

Please Note: Visitors will be required to show one (1) form of identification (a government-issued photo ID-driver’s license, passport, green card, etc.) and to state the purpose of their visit.Lunch and refreshments will be on your own. There are many lunch options within easy walking distance of NSC at Pike & Rose.

Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the event should contact 301-594-4392 or

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Date: 08/09/2019

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Conference Room A1/A2 at the Neuroscience Center (NSC) Building, 6001 Executive Blvd, Rockville, MD 20852