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Advancing Text Mining with R and quanteda

October 16, 2019
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Advancing Text Mining with R and quanteda

Everyone is talking about text analysis. Is it puzzling that this data source is so popular right now? Actually no. Most of our datasets rely on (hand-coded) textual information. Extracting, processing, and analyzing this oasis of information becomes increasingly relevant for a large variety of research fields. This Methods Bites Tutorial by Cosima Meyer summarizes Cornelius Puschmann’s workshop in...

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Studying Politics on and with Wikipedia

August 25, 2019
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Studying Politics on and with Wikipedia

The online encyclopedia Wikipedia, together with its sibling, the collaboratively edited knowledge base Wikidata, provides incredibly rich yet largely untapped sources for political research. In this Methods Bites Tutorial, Denis Cohen and Nick Baumann offer a hands-on recap of Simon Munzert’s (Hertie School of Governance) workshop materials to show how these platforms can inform research on public attention dynamics,...

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Quantitative Analysis of Political Text

July 21, 2019
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Quantitative Analysis of Political Text

How can we infer actors’ positions, substantive topics, or sentiments from (political) texts? This Methods Bites Tutorial by Julian Bernauer summarizes Denise Traber’s workshop in the MZES Social Science Data Lab in Spring 2018. Using exemplary sets of political documents (election manifestos and coalition agreements), it showcases tools of QTA for a variety of analytical objectives and demonstrates how...

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Quantitative Analysis of Political Text

July 21, 2019
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Quantitative Analysis of Political Text

How can we infer actors’ positions, substantive topics, or sentiments from (political) texts? This Methods Bites Tutorial by Julian Bernauer summarizes Denise Traber’s workshop in the MZES Social Science Data Lab in Spring 2018. Using exemplary sets of political documents (election manifestos and coalition agreements), it showcases tools of QTA for a variety of analytical objectives and demonstrates how...

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Collecting and Analyzing Twitter Data Using R

July 14, 2019
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Collecting and Analyzing Twitter Data Using R

How do you access Twitter’s API, collect a stream of tweets, and analyze the retrieved data? Which potentials, challenges, and limitations for social scientific research come along with using Twitter data? This Methods Bites Tutorial by Denis Cohen, based on a workshop by Simon Kühne (Bielefeld University) in the MZES Social Science Data Lab in Spring 2019, aims to...

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Visual Inference with R

July 13, 2019
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Visual Inference with R

How can we use data visualization for hypothesis testing? This question lies at the heart of this Methods Bites Tutorial by Cosima Meyer, which is based on Richard Traunmüller’s workshop in the MZES Social Science Data Lab in Fall 2017. We already covered the basic idea of visual inference in our blog post on Data visualization with R. Note: This...

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Data Visualization with R

July 9, 2019
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Data Visualization with R

How to make the invisible visible was the starting point of Richard Traunmüller’s one-day workshop in the MZES Social Science Data Lab in Fall 2016. This Methods Bites Tutorial by Cosima Meyer provides you with some illustrative examples from Richard’s workshop. What, for instance, do you think the following graph might be? Figure 1: Sound of a pistol-shot (http://beitunia.forensic-architecture.org/sound-analysis/test-data/)     Here...

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