Topic Modelling Workshop

Topic modelling is a way of exploring large textual corpora. A ‘topic’ is a cluster of words that frequently occur together. With the help of contextual clues, ‘topic models’ can be created, by connecting words with similar meanings. The aim of the workshop is to gain an insight into using topic modelling and related methods, to understand what kind of results can be expected and how they can be interpreted. The workshop will use practical examples to demonstrate how to put together a suitable digital corpus for processed using Mallet ( and how the results can be analysed. 




11:00 – 12:30

Welcome and introduction by Prof. Dr. Christophe Verbruggen (Ghent University)

Topic Modelling: a general introduction and positioning within humanities research

by Prof. Dr. Charles van den Heuvel (University of Amsterdam / Huygens Institute for the history of The Netherlands)

Sandwich lunch



13:30 – 16:30

Mallet: a hands-on introduction by Dr. Marijn Koolen. (University of Amsterdam)


Prior knowledge
No specific prior knowledge is required. Participants are asked to bring their own computer and to install Mallet before the workshop. More information about how to install Mallet (for Mac and Windows) is available at: 


Language: The language of the workshop is Dutch. 


Registration is via Places are limited.


Organisation: Ghent Center for Digital Humanities in cooperation with the Research Unit Social History since 1750 and the Library Lab from the Faculty Library of Arts and Philosophy. 


Further information: