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Monthly Archives: May 2015

When Politicians Talk About Coal

Written on May 28, 2015 at 8:08 pm, by

NULab co-director and founder David Lazer writes in Politico about the work he and his lab have done using data from 2010-2014 to find out what politicians talk about when they talk about coal. Read it here.

Cordell on NPR

Written on May 27, 2015 at 4:07 pm, by

  NULab core faculty member and assistant professor of English Ryan Cordell speaks with NPR’s Scott Simon from the WBUR studios about how hot content went viral in the 1800s. Listen above and read the transcript here.

What Mobile Phone Data Tells Us About the Economy

Written on May 27, 2015 at 3:57 pm, by

NULab co-director, computational social scientist David Lazer, and his interdisciplinary research team have published a study in the Journal of Royal Society Interface that highlights the potential of mobile phone data to improve fore­casts of crit­ical eco­nomic indicators—information that is extremely valu­able to pol­i­cy­makers in the public and pri­vate sectors. Northeastern News profiles the findings of the study  Continue Reading »

Listicles, aggregation, and content gone viral

Written on May 22, 2015 at 2:43 pm, by

Ryan Cordell, NULab core faculty and assistant professor of English at Northeastern, recently gave a talk entitled “Melville in the First Age of Viral Media” as part of MELCamp5, a conference for research from the Melville Electronic Library, a digital archive of Herman Melville’s work. His talk also touched on the antecedents of Buzzfeed and  Continue Reading »

The Anatomy of Viral Content and Internet Rage

Written on May 18, 2015 at 3:10 pm, by

Listen to NULab Fellow and Network Science PhD candidate Devin Gaffney talk with Robin Young of WBUR’s Here & Now about what makes internet content go viral or fizzle. He says that while no one can determine exactly what it is that makes some content go viral, one of the factors is something called homophily, or the  Continue Reading »

The Rise of the Social Algorithm

Written on May 15, 2015 at 8:50 pm, by

Does content curation by Facebook introduce ideological bias? A recent study by David Lazer in Science takes on this question, which has received coverage in the New York Times, CBS News, The Guardian, and the BBC.

Can Members of Congress Change Your Mind?

Written on May 15, 2015 at 8:34 pm, by

NULab co-director David Lazer and Michael Neblo of Ohio State University have published an article in Politico on their recent study which suggests it is time for politicians to change the way they talk to their constituents. Read the full story here.