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Julia Silge

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Julia Silge
Silge speaks in 2017
Born (1978-06-10) June 10, 1978 (age 46)
Alma mater
Known for
Scientific career

Julia Silge (born June 10, 1978) is an American data scientist and software engineer. She has developed tools for statistical modelling in the R programming language,[1][2] including the text mining package tidytext.[3] Silge currently works for Posit PBC, formerly known as RStudio PBC.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Silge studied physics at Texas A&M University, graduating in 2000. She obtained her M.A. (2002) and PhD (2005) in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin.[2][4] She was an adjunct professor at University of New Haven and Quinnipiac University from 2006 to 2008.[citation needed]

Silge has worked as a data scientist for several companies, most recently Stack Overflow and Posit PBC.[1][2] At Stack Overflow, she researched the popularity of different programming languages[5] and skills for technologists.[6] She also began working on tidytext, an R package for text mining, with colleague David Robinson. Their book Text Mining with R: A Tidy Approach (2017) drew on examples of text analysis ranging from Jane Austen novels,[7] popular songs,[8] NASA metadata, and Twitter archives.[9]

In February 2017, Silge made the news when she used a note attached to a pizza delivery to contact her senator Orrin Hatch to object to the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, after failing to reach Hatch by phone.[10][11]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Silge, Julia; Robinson, David (2017). Text mining with R : A tidy approach (First ed.). O'Reilly. ISBN 978-0367554194. OCLC 993582128.
  • Silge, Julia; Hvitfeldt, Emil (2021). Supervised Machine Learning for Text Analysis in R (First ed.). CRC Press. ISBN 9781491981658.


  1. ^ a b c "About RStudio". RStudio. Archived from the original on February 20, 2021. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Stack Overflow profile of Julia Silge". Stack Overflow. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  3. ^ Tache, Nicole (July 26, 2017). "R's tidytext turns messy text into valuable insight". O'Reilly Media. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "Julia Silge Resume". Julia Silge. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "Which programming languages earn you the most money? Use this calculator to check". ZDNet. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  6. ^ "These are the 10 skills to learn if you want to advance in a career in tech". Business Insider. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  7. ^ "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Text". Julia Silge. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  8. ^ "The states that Americans sing about most". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  9. ^ "R's tidytext turns messy text into valuable insight". The Washington Post. July 26, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  10. ^ "She had something to say about Betsy DeVos. So she sent her senator a pizza — with a message". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  11. ^ Castrodale, Jelisa (February 6, 2017). "Senator's Voicemail Was Full, So Concerned Woman Sent Pizza to Protest DeVos". Vice. Retrieved November 2, 2020.

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