Understanding Topic Models in Context: A Mixed-Methods Approach to the Meaningful Analysis of Large Document Collections

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2018-01-03
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Eickhoff, Matthias
Wieneke, Runhild
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In recent years, we have witnessed an unprecedented proliferation of large document collections. This development has spawned the need for appropriate analytical means. In particular, to seize the thematic composition of large document collections, researchers increasingly draw on quantitative topic models. Among their most prominent representatives is the Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA). Yet, these models have significant drawbacks, e.g. the generated topics lack context and thus meaningfulness. Prior research has rarely addressed this limitation through the lens of mixed-methods research. We position our paper towards this gap by proposing a structured mixed-methods approach to the meaningful analysis of large document collections. Particularly, we draw on qualitative coding and quantitative hierarchical clustering to validate and enhance topic models through re-contextualization. To illustrate the proposed approach, we conduct a case study of the thematic composition of the AIS Senior Scholars' Basket of Journals.
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Data, Text and Web Mining for Business Analytics, Topic Modelling, Mixed Methdos, LDA, Topic Coding, Textual Data
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10 pages
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Proceedings of the 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
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