Bei Yu

Bei Yu

Associate Professor

320 Hinds Hall | Phone: (315) 443-3614

byu@syr.edu

http://beiyu.syr.edu

Overview

Bei Yu is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. Her research area is in applied natural language processing, especially sentiment and opinion analysis.

Before joining Syracuse she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Dr. Yu earned her PhD from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds both BS and MS degrees in computer science.

Research

My primary research interest is in the area of applied Natural Language Processing (applied NLP). 

My research focuses on using machine learning, data mining, and language technologies to study long-standing questions in social sciences, humanities, and library and information science.

Specifically, I conduct computational analysis of large amounts of text data to discover linguistic patterns that characterize people's opinions, sentiments, and identities, and develop prediction models accordingly. 

My current work, funded by an IMLS Early Career Award, focuses on developing an automated citation context analysis tool to help researchers retrieve and summarize academic opinions in literature.

Selected Specific Topics:

  • Academic opinions in citation networks
  • Political opinions in Congress and media
  • Consumer opinions in social media
  • Language, gender, authorship, and stylistics
  • New methods for annotating data

Teaching

Data Science

Teaching


Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2017 IST565 M002 Data Mining
Spring 2018 IST736 M001 Text Mining
Spring 2018 IST565 M400 Data Mining
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Fall 2016 IST990 M002 Independent Study
Spring 2017 IST736 M001 Text Mining
Spring 2017 IST565 M400 Data Mining
Summer 2017 IST565 M501 Data Mining
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Fall 2015 IST565 M001 Data Mining
Fall 2015 IST565 M002 Data Mining
Spring 2016 IST736 M001 Text Mining
Spring 2016 IST565 M001 Data Mining
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Fall 2014 IST565 M001 Data Mining
Fall 2014 IST659 M003 Data Admin Concepts & Db Mgmt
Spring 2015 IST736 M001 Text Mining
Spring 2015 IST565 M001 Data Mining
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Fall 2013 IST565 M001 Data Mining
Fall 2013 IST659 M003 Data Admin Concepts & Db Mgmt
Spring 2014 IST659 M002 Data Admin Concepts & Db Mgmt
Spring 2014 IST736 M001 Text Mining
Summer 2014 IST565 M800 Data Mining
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Fall 2012 IST565 M001 Data Mining
Fall 2012 IST659 M003 Data Admin Concepts & Db Mgmt
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2011 IST565 M001 Data Mining
Fall 2011 IST659 M003 Data Admin Concepts & Db Mgmt
Fall 2011 IST800 M850 Proseminar: Text as Data
Spring 2012 IST777 M001 Statistical Methods in IST
Spring 2012 IST659 M003 Data Admin Concepts & Db Mgmt
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2010 IST359 M002 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Fall 2010 IST359 M004 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Spring 2011 IST800 M001 Proseminar: Content Analysis
Spring 2011 IST659 M003 Data Admin Concepts & Db Mgmt
Spring 2011 IST800 M002 Proseminar: Information Retrie
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Spring 2010 IST552 M002 Information Systems Analysis
Spring 2010 IST659 M003 Data Admin Concepts & Db Mgmt