Instructor: Riley TR 2:00PM – 3:20PM

Language use is patterned in various ways—syntactical rules, literary genres, artistic styles, sociocultural conventions, and other factors constrain the way people express themselves with words. These patterns can take on many forms, from the rhythmic narrative textual style of Virginia Woolf’s The Waves to the geotemporal propagation of a trending hashtag on Twitter. In this course, students will learn analytic methods for identifying and understanding patterns in discourse. No prior background in data analytics is required for this course, which will employ a hands-on, practical approach.