Working with text in R

An overview of a range of packages for working with text in R


October 5, 2019

slides materials video


Transcending its origins as a programming language for statistics, R provides excellent tools for working with text. This tidyverse-based talk will provide an overview of some of the fantastic packages available for this, including (but not limited to) stringr, RVerbalExpressions, tidytext, wordcloud and ggwordcloud.

Event details

Event: RLadies Toronto

Date: October 5th, 2019

Time: 14:00-16:00 EDT

Location: Stewart Building, 149 College Street, Toronto

I then gave an updated version of the talk a few months later (links at the top relate to this version):

Event: RLadies Tbilisi

Date: July 4th, 2020

Time: 09:00-10:00 GMT

Location: Zoom


Keyboard shortcuts for slideshow (once you’ve clicked inside it):

  • Use and to navigate through the slides.

  • Use o for an overview of all slides.

  • Use h to see a list of other shortcuts

    • f to toggle full screen not working, but the rest are fine.

    • For full screen slides, go to slides then press f.



BibTeX citation:
  author = {Kaye, Ella},
  title = {Working with Text in {R}},
  date = {2019-10-05},
  url = {},
  langid = {en}
For attribution, please cite this work as:
Kaye, Ella. 2019. “Working with Text in R.” October 5, 2019.