Lecture by Ildikó Barna at Charles University Prague 


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 the Online Antisemitism project conducted with Árpád Knap. In addition to presenting the results of the research so far, in her lecture she also discussed why sociological and domain knowledge is indispensable for interpreting the output of natural language processing.

Further information of the lecture is available on the university’s website. The video recording of the presentation can be accessed on this link.

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


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. As part of this, we will be launching a Python-based text analytics course for faculty students during the spring semester, after which they will be able to join our research team for internship positions.

NLP section at the Cyprus conference of ISA’s RC33


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 International Sociological Association’s RC33 (Logic and Methodology in Sociology) conference, held between 8th-11th September, 2020. Abstract submissions are welcome until 30th January on the conference website.

Full House and Great Success at our Workshop


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 social scientific application of automated text analysis. In the first lecture, Renáta Németh talked about the aim of the research group and the positions of the new methods in social sciences. Ildikó Barna and Árpád Knap detected various types of antisemitic narratives in antisemitic articles and comments, some of which are not measurable by surveys. Zoltán Kmetty and Julia Koltai focused on word embedding NLP models; in addition to presenting the methodology, they demonstrated the potential of application for social scientists with concrete examples. Domonkos Sik and Fanni Máté talked about the results of their research on the framing of depression in online forums, including the benefits and difficulties of human annotation. Eszter Katona and Fanni Máté, in the last lecture of the section, detailed the methodology of supervised teaching models in the same research.

In the second section, Gábor Palkó talked about the analytical possibilities of a semantic prosopographic (collective biography) data network they built, called HECEdata, which can be examined together with the data elements of WikiDATA. Then Balázs Indig argued for the scientific necessity of using webcrawlers, and introduced the process step-by-step, in the case of humanities and social scientific applications.

The third section was chaired by Kinga Szálkai and opened by Nikosz Fokasz. In his presentation, the professor spoke about Hungarian and Greek auto- and heterostereotypes, and networks, based on identities and newspaper articles. The second lecture of the section was given by Pál Susánszky and Márton Gerő on the analysis of the police database on protests in Hungary, which they supplemented. The last presentation of the section and also the whole workshop was held by Erzsébet Takács and Flóra Takács. They put the previous presentation into a larger context and unfolded the traditions and problems of domestic movement research and the instruments of demonstration.

The presentations (in Hungarian) can be found here:

International Network Researching the European Memory Politics


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 – Populism, Nationalism and the Challenges to a European Memory Culture (EuMePo) led by the Canadian University of Victoria (UVic). Other partners are the Université de Strasbourg and the Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznań).



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 will work under the supervision of Gábor Palkó and Balázs Indig, mainly on the “Webaratás” (Web-plowing) project. During the internship, participants will gain interesting and valuable programming experience. We wish them every success in their work!



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.