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 online antisemitism by scrutinising articles and comments from the far-right Kuruc.info news portal using LDA topic modelling. In their earlier published paper, they dealt with the articles only. In their present paper, they supplemented it with the analysis of comments and also with the comparison of the two. Click here for the presentation.
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 or social – Discursive framing of depression in online health communities, with Domonkos Sik and Eszter Katona as co-authors. The poster can be downloaded here.
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 the usefulness of Facebook research.
The website of the research can be found here https://fbpilot.tatk.elte.hu
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 topics will be offered on text analytics by Clementine. Thesis topics will include a wide range of issues, including characteristics of communication with robots, changing habits of online media consuming and Facebook activity of political parties.
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 years. These texts are used by our group for several research projects as corpora.
From the autumn semester of 2019/2020 the Survey Statistics MSc program is running under the name of Survey Statistics and Data Analysis MSc. The structure of the course has changed significantly in the last few years in respects of the tools taught and the fields of human resources market targeted. Students are tought big data analytics, methods of network and text analytics, data mining, usage of several statistics software and programming languages in scientific, administrative and business applications, and social research as well.
80 students, of which 50 students first-ranked, applied for getting admission to the Survey Statistics and Data Analytics MSc in 2019. The number of applicants is bigger than that of last year and this achievement makes the program the 10th among the 163 MSc courses of ELTE considering the number of first-ranked applications of MSc courses.
A paper entitled “Antisemitism in Contemporary Hungary: Exploring Topics of Antisemitism in the Far-Right Media Using Natural Language Processing” was published by Ildikó Barna and Árpád Knap in the Theo-Web journal. The paper discusses contemporary online antisemitism in Hungary by analysing articles of the far-right website Kuruc.info. The paper can be accessed by clicking here.
Eszter Katona held a presentation entitled ‘Natural Language Processing in Social Sciences’ on 10 May 2019 in Basel, at the Joint Annual Conference of the GPSA Methods of Political Science Section and the SPSA Empirical Methodology Working Group (https://www.methodology-dvpw-
Zoltán Kmetty and Júlia Koltai held a presentation entitled ‘Understanding Cultural Choices with NLP’ on 9 May 2019 at the Budapest Data Science Meetup, discussing the role of natural language processing (NLP), including neural network-based word embedding models in better understanding human behaviour and culture. The abstract of the presentation is available here: https://www.meetup.com/budapest_data_science/events/260865653/