Topic Modeling

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This project is part of the liveProject series Traditional and Neural Topic Modeling
Intermediate Python • linear algebra • basics of machine learning
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Implementing a simplified version of the NMF algorithm • preprocessing and converting text corpus into a document-to-word matrix • generating topics using scikit-learn’s NMF algorithm • evaluating generated topics using Coherence and Diversity metrics • visualizing derived topics with a variety of techniques
Aneesha Bakharia
1 week · 6-8 hours per week · INTERMEDIATE
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In this liveProject you’ll use scikit-learn’s non-negative matrix factorization algorithm to perform topic modeling on a dataset of Twitter posts. You’ll step into the role of a data scientist tasked with summarizing Twitter discussions for the customer support team of an airline company and use this powerful algorithm to rapidly make sense of a large and complex text corpus. You’ll build a text preprocessing pipeline from scratch, visualize topic models, and finally compile a report of support topics for the customer services team.

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Aneesha Bakharia
Aneesha Bakharia completed her PhD in interactive topic modeling at Queensland University of Technology in Australia. She is currently the Manager of Learning Analytics at The University of Queensland where she leads a team of programmers and data scientists. She has written 10 books on programming and web development for Cengage publishing. She also blogs about data science related topics, including topic modeling and she publishes academic peer reviewed publications on educational technologies and learning analytics.


This liveProject is for data scientists and developers who are confident programming with Python and the Python data ecosystem. To begin this liveProject you will need to be familiar with the following:

  • Intermediate Python
  • Basics of Jupyter Notebook
  • Linear algebra
  • Referencing Matrix cells by row and column index
  • Matrix subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Basics of machine learning

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll master topic modeling—an amazing skill for quickly analyzing textual datasets. You’ll learn the ins and outs of applying the NMF algorithm in a real-world setting:

  • Implementing a simplified version of the NMF algorithm
  • Preprocessing text documents using the spaCy library with stop word removal, tokenization and lemmatization
  • Converting a text corpus into a document to word matrix
  • Using the scikit-learn NMF algorithm
  • Using Topic Coherence and Diversity metrics
  • Visualizing derived topics with a variety of techniques


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