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The RC2S2 (Research Center for Computational Social Science) research group was established at the Institute of Empirical Studies of the Eötvös Loránd University in 2018 by the expansion of the former Methodological Research Center. The leaders of the research group are Ildikó Barna and Renáta Németh.

Our research team uses methods of data mining and text mining to analyse textual data available on the internet or digitalized offline texts. We also use network analysis and develop data visualization solutions. Our research topics are diverse, we deal with online hate speech, the online representation of corruption and we analyse online forums with the main focus on depression.

The data revolution that has taken place in recent decades and the digital data generated by our everyday activities became a socially relevant source of information. Responding to this, the methodology of quantitative social research uses by now methods of computer science and artificial intelligence research. This new research area is called computational social science in the international literature. Subfields of Computational Social Science are data science (machine learning, text analytics), network analysis and data visualization. The digital revolution not only brought new data sources, but also changed the society. As sociologists, our goal is to get to know this new type of society. We are convinced that the computational trend will be inescapable. The aim of the RC2S2 research group is to discover the social knowledge of this area and to develop and adopt new methods, and explore its epistemological consequences.

 

Recent News

Business Cooperation

2020.06.30.

Inspira Group, a research company, according to their "data for social good" principle, made it possible for Anna Farkas, a BA student in sociology, to add questions to their online [...]

Publication

2020.03.18.

Anna Brecsok's thesis (Survey Statistics and Data Analytics MSc), in which she conducted a survey experiment to investigate a problem she encountered at her workplace, was published in the Hungarian Statistical [...]

Call for papers: Sociology at the Dawn of a Successful Century – conference with NLP section

2020.03.10.

Organizers are now accepting papers for the Sociology at the Dawn of a Successful Century conference, which will take place from 11 to 12 June 2020 at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre [...]

Lecture by Ildikó Barna at Charles University Prague 

2020.02.20.

Ildikó Barna, co-leader of our research group, gave a presentation on contemporary Hungarian antisemitism at the Formal and Applied Linguistics Institute of Charles University Prague. The presentation was based on [...]

Research and skills development for TDK students with the participation of our research team

2020.02.19.

Our research group is represented in the NTP-HHTDK grant won by the ELTE TÁTK TDK Workshop. The grant was established to support the Hungarian Scientific Students' Associations and their events. [...]

NLP section at the Cyprus conference of ISA’s RC33

2020.01.29.

Our research group's two leaders, Ildikó Barna and Renáta Németh has successfully initiated an NLP-related section (Natural Language Processing: a New Tool in the Methodological Tool-Box of Sociology) at the [...]

Flóra Bolonyai placed first at the faculty’s TDK conference

2020.01.03.

Flóra Bolonyai, second year Survey Statistics and Data Analytics MsC student, took first place with her presentation entitled "Text Analytics Models for Profiling Authors' gender" at the faculty’s TDK (Scientific [...]

Our research group received the support of Ariosz Ltd.

2020.01.03.

In 2019, our research group’s student program received the support of Ariosz Ltd. The donation aims to contribute to the transformation in the field of quantitative social research.

Full House and Great Success at our Workshop

2019.10.11.

Full house and great success at the workshop organized by our research group on the new ways of sociological research The first section, chaired by Sára Simon, dealt with the [...]

International Network Researching the European Memory Politics

2019.10.02.

The RC2S2 (Research Center for Computational Social Science founded by the Institute of Empirical Studies of ELTE Faculty of Social Sciences) contributes to international research cooperation titled "European Memory Politics [...]

Internship

2019.09.05.

Starting this September, three Survey Statistics and Data Analytics MSc students will be working in conjunction with ELTE BTK Digital Humanities Research Center and Research Center for Computational Social Sciences. They [...]

Presentation

2019.08.21.

In August 2019, Ildikó Barna and Árpád Knap represented our online antisemitism research group and presented at the European Sociological Association (ESA) conference in Manchester. In their paper, they analysed [...]

Presentation

2019.07.24.

Renáta Németh and Fanni Máté represented our depression research group in July 2019 at the International Conference on Computational Social Science Conference. They gave a poster presentation on Bio, psycho [...]

Achievement

2019.07.01.

Zoltán Kmetty earned the Young Researcher Scholarship by NKFI. In the project of 36 month support an experimental Facebook research is taking place, which is foremost methodological and focuses of [...]

Business Cooperation

2019.07.01.

An agreement has been made between the Research Center for Computational Social Science and Clementine Hungary. From the autumn semester of 2018/2019, text analytics courses will be held and thesis [...]

Business Cooperation

2019.07.01.

Our research group made an agreement with SentiOne, a social listening and online media monitoring corporation. SentiOne saves, searches and analyses publicly available texts found online dating back to three [...]