Mapping the Trajectories of Duke Doctoral Students (Year 2)

Mapping the Trajectories of Duke Doctoral Students (Year 2)


A team of students led by Courtnea Rainey, David Jamieson-Drake, and Edward Balleisen will explore survey data from completers of the PhD and Duke PhD alumni to establish important correlations, document key patterns and longitudinal trends, and develop visualizations that can inform institutional decision-making. In addition to updating the work of last year’s Data+ team, this year’s group will use text mining and topic modeling to draw out key themes from the textual answers to free response questions.  Combining statistics with data science and natural language processing to analyze large datasets, this team will help refine our efforts to improve doctoral training across Duke University.

Project Lead: Ed Balleisen
Project Manager: Devin Cornell

View the team’s final poster

Watch the team’s final presentation below:




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