The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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GC Digital Fellows Workshops (11/16): Introduction to Tableau Public; (11/17): Introduction to Natural Language Processing with NLTK

Introduction to Tableau Public Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 – 6:30-8:30pm

This workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to Tableau Public, a free version of the commercial software for data visualization. We will begin with a brief introduction to data types and formats before working in Tableau. Attendees will learn how to import data, perform basic analyses, build visualizations, combine them into dashboards, and share their results publicly. Sample datasets will be provided, or you may wish to bring your own normalized dataset. Attendees should create a free account at before coming the workshop. Laptops are limited, so you may wish to bring your own laptop with Tableau Public 10.1 installed.


There are no prerequisites to enroll, but attendees may wish to read Stephen Few’s “Effectively Communicating Numbers,” pp. 2-23 ( for a primer on data types and visualization.

Register HERE


Introduction to Natural Language Processing with NLTK Thursday, November 17th, 2016 – 6:30-8:30pm

In this workshop, we will introduce the basics of working with the Natural Language Toolkit, (NLTK), a package for the Python programming language that provides useful tools for text analysis. We will review some of the built in corpora that NLTK provides, and introduce several tools for text analysis (including concordance, conditional frequencies, n-grams, similar words, and part of speech tagging). This workshop is designed for those with a basic knowledge of Python programming.


Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

Register HERE