Research Portfolio Analysis:
Topic Analysis

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Research Portfolio Analysis: Topic Analysis covers an introduction to content analysis, including an overview of types of content analysis relevant to research portfolios. We cover topics including the methods available to perform content analysis, selecting an appropriate method, and how to apply the different methods available to deepen understanding of the research portfolios in which you’re interested.

While no prerequisite is required for this class, we do recommend this course be taken following Research Portfolio Analysis: Framework & Design and Research Portfolio Analysis: Project Management.


Analytic teams are as diverse as the portfolios they manage. We customize our training to address the needs of your team and the projects they are working on.

  • Understand content analysis, how it can be used for research portfolio analysis, and some of the methods available to perform content analysis on a research portfolio.

  • Determine which method(s) to use for different purposes, e.g. qualitative vs. quantitative analysis, data set size, and methodology.

  • Explain the features of each method, such as dimensionality reduction, tf-idf, and more.

  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each method.

  • Apply methods to your portfolio to extract relevant information.

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Kirk is the founder and president of The Analytics Research Institute. Prior to his current work, he was an integral member of two successful health science startups in Maryland. He joined the founding members of The Zerhouni Group as a computational linguist, designing a pharma-based search and visualization tool that formed the basis of that company’s acquisition by i3 Analytics. As VP of Technical Development at i3 Analytics, he guided the development of the prototype into a full-fledged search and analytics platform used by many of the top organizations in the pharma industry.

Kirk received his Ph.D. from Ohio State, specializing in the application of statistical machine learning techniques to problems in natural language processing.

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