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Written on June 4, 2018 at 8:25 pm, by Sarah Connell
The data and methodologies available to social scientists have exploded with the emergence of vast archives of passive data collection, large scale online experimentation, and innovative uses of simulation. These data are of a larger magnitude and methods are of a greater computational complexity than approaches that have dominated political science for the last 50 Continue Reading »
Written on May 21, 2018 at 1:36 pm, by Sarah Connell
The Boston Research Center was recently featured in Boston Magazine: “Boston has a long and complicated past, and its many archives and databases each tell little pieces of that story—a photo album here, a map there, a batch of letters and some old news articles somewhere else. But what do we do with all that stuff? What kinds Continue Reading »
Research by NULab faculty members Moya Bailey and Brooke Foucault Welles featured in News@Northeastern
Written on May 10, 2018 at 11:25 am, by Sarah Connell
From News@Northeastern: In April 2014, the New York Police Department started a social media campaign, asking its Twitter followers to use the hashtag #MyNYPD and tweet photos of themselves with police officers. A few folks participated, snapping and sharing pictures with officers at a Yankees game or Central Park. But in a New York minute, Continue Reading »
Written on May 3, 2018 at 10:18 am, by Sarah Connell
From News@Northeastern: Moya Bailey has always known that a black woman in America has to navigate a compounded, specific kind of discrimination. There just wasn’t a name for it. So in 2010, while researching her dissertation, she came up with one. Bailey coinedthe term “misogynoir” to recognize the specific race- and gender-based biases black women face Continue Reading »
Written on May 3, 2018 at 10:14 am, by Sarah Connell
From News@Northeastern: Northeastern University has received a $200,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the largest funder of the humanities in the United States, to launch a new center dedicated to the study of Boston, enabling researchers from around the world to shed light on the city’s past, present, and future. “Boston is a Continue Reading »
Written on April 14, 2018 at 8:38 am, by Bill Quinn
In a recent News@Northeastern article, the Our Marathon project reflects on their work curating and preserving the artifacts and oral histories from the events surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing five years ago. When the project started, the team was led by NULab graduate students, Jim McGrath (PhD’15) and Alicia Peaker (PhD’14), as well as English Continue Reading »
Written on April 5, 2018 at 9:03 pm, by Sarah Connell
William Hobbs, Network Science Institute Postdoctoral Fellow and NULab-affiliated researcher, has published a new study “How Sudden Censorship Can Increase Access to Information,” co-authored with Margaret E. Roberts of the University of California, San Diego, in the American Political Science Review. Abstract: Conventional wisdom assumes that increased censorship will strictly decrease access to information. We delineate Continue Reading »
Written on April 3, 2018 at 1:54 pm, by LaraRose
We are pleased to announce that several NULab core faculty members and co-directors have been awarded TIER 1 grants for FY2019. TIER 1 awards are provided by the Colleges and Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education. This competitive program makes grants of up to $50,000 to support and encourage individual faculty members to form multidisciplinary Continue Reading »
Written on March 9, 2018 at 8:01 pm, by Sarah Connell
“The Science of Fake News” by David M. J. Lazer, Matthew A. Baum, Yochai Benkler, Adam J. Berinsky, Kelly M. Greenhill, Filippo Menczer, Miriam J. Metzger, Brendan Nyhan, Gordon Pennycook, David Rothschild, Michael Schudson, Steven A. Sloman, Cass R. Sunstein, Emily A. Thorson, Duncan J. Watts, and Jonathan L. Zittrain was published in Science magazine today. Continue Reading »
Written on February 14, 2018 at 10:15 am, by Sarah Connell
The NULab, in partnership with the Women Writers Project, Open Access at Snell, and the Digital Scholarship Group will participate in a massive, international online transcribe-a-thon, Wednesday, February 14th, 2018. The working celebration will mark the 200th birthday of self-emancipated African American activist, Frederick Douglass. This effort has been organized by the Colored Convention Project Continue Reading »
Written on January 22, 2018 at 10:01 pm, by Bill Quinn
Costas Panagopoulos and Nick Beauchamp were featured in News@Northeastern’s article, “Government Shutdown: What Can Break the Impasse in Washington.” The NULab faculty discusses the possible aftermath for Democrats and Republicans, who failed to agree on a short-term spending plan Friday night. The impasse reflects the latest manifestation of political polarization in DC. Panagopoulos thinks voters Continue Reading »
Written on January 11, 2018 at 2:50 pm, by Sarah Connell
The NULab is delighted to announce our spring calendar of events. We have some very exciting talks, workshops, and other events planned for the semester, organized around our year-long focus on fake news, information, and misinformation. You can find additional details and registration information for these events at: http://web.northeastern.edu/nulab/events/. NULab events are free and open Continue Reading »
Written on January 2, 2018 at 5:07 pm, by Sarah Connell
John Wihbey, NULab core faculty, was recently featured in a News@Northeastern article on fake news in 2018. Wihbey was interviewed about the continued relevance of fake news in the future and the potential for machine learning to help journalists break stories and identify analyze data. Wihbey said: “Machine learning can help humans make significant insights Continue Reading »
Written on November 18, 2017 at 5:04 pm, by koravetz
NuLab and Art + Design Assistant Professor Dietmar Offenhuber, the Program Coordinator for the Information Design and Visualization graduate offerings, has received the Austrian Scientists in North America (ASciNA) Award 2017, specifically given to young researches with excellent scientific publications. Offenhuber won the Young Principal Investigator prize, the primary award category, for his book Waste Is Information. Offenhuber’s Continue Reading »
Written on October 26, 2017 at 12:40 pm, by Bill Quinn
John Wihbey, NULab core faculty member, and Dan Cohen, Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Information Collaboration at Northeastern, begin research for Project Information Literacy’s national study on how young adults consume news and gather information. They join Alison J. Head, director of the study and senior researcher at the metaLab at Harvard, and Panagiotis Continue Reading »
Written on September 18, 2017 at 8:05 pm, by Bill Quinn
The NULab is delighted to announce our fall calendar of events. We have some very exciting talks, workshops, and other events planned for the fall, organized around our year-long focus on fake news, information, and misinformation. You can find additional details and registration information for these events at: http://web.northeastern.edu/nulab/events/. NULab events are free and open Continue Reading »
Written on September 18, 2017 at 2:51 pm, by Sarah Connell
NULab is once again inviting proposals for seedling grants, travel, and co-sponsorship of events related to digital humanities and computational social science. The deadline is October 31, 2017. Proposals should be submitted to Sarah Connell at sa.connell[at]northeastern[dot]edu. Seedling grant proposals should be no more than 2 pages, and travel and co-sponsorship proposals no more than Continue Reading »
Written on August 25, 2017 at 9:13 am, by Sarah Connell
A new study, co-authored by NULab Co-Director David Lazer, was recently published in Science. “Fostering reproducibility in industry-academia research” argues that: “Many companies have proprietary resources and/or data that are indispensable for research, and academics provide the creative fuel for much early-stage research that leads to industrial innovation. It is essential to the health of the research Continue Reading »
Written on August 17, 2017 at 9:22 am, by Sarah Connell
The Columbia Journal Review recently reported on a new “first-of-its-kind” study by NULab Co-Director David Lazer, NULab core faculty member John Wihbey, Lazer Lab Research Associate Thalita Coleman, and Network Science Institute postdoc Kenneth Joseph. Wihbey recently presented the paper, “Exploring the Ideological Nature of Journalists’ Social Networks on Twitter and Associations with News Story Content” Continue Reading »
Written on June 6, 2017 at 9:40 pm, by Sarah Connell
We are happy to share the projects chosen by the Library’s Digital Scholarship Group (DSG) for this year’s round of CERES Exhibit Toolkit development, including a project led by Elizabeth Dillon, NULab Co-Director, and Sarah Connell, NULab Assistant Director. Literature and Digital Diversity This fall, Elizabeth Dillon and Sarah Connell will be co-teaching Literature and Continue Reading »
Written on May 8, 2017 at 6:06 pm, by Sarah Connell
NULab Co-Director David Lazer has co-authored an Op-Ed with Professor Matthew Baum of Harvard University for the L. A. Times: “Google and Facebook aren’t fighting fake news with the right weapons.” In this article, Lazer and Baum assert that the solutions companies such as Google and Facebook are pursuing in response to the problem of fake news Continue Reading »
Written on May 1, 2017 at 9:15 am, by Sarah Connell
“Combating Fake News: An Agenda for Research and Action” synthesizes the findings from a conference of the same name organized by Matthew Baum (Harvard), David Lazer (Northeastern), and Nicco Mele (Harvard) in February 2017. This report, written by David Lazer, Matthew Baum, Nir Grinberg, Lisa Friedland, Kenneth Joseph, Will Hobbs, and Carolina Mattsson, draws from Continue Reading »
Written on April 25, 2017 at 8:41 pm, by Sarah Connell
A new study published in the journal Nature Human Behavior, co-authored by Lazer Lab postdoc William Hobbs with Moira Burke, examines self-healing and resilience in social networks. “Connective recovery in social networks after the death of a friend” compared “de-identified, aggregate counts of monthly interactions in approximately 15,000 Facebook networks in which someone had died with Continue Reading »
Written on April 25, 2017 at 8:27 pm, by Sarah Connell
We are delighted to report that John Wihbey’s paper, “Knowing the Numbers: Assessing Attitudes among Journalists and Educators about Using and Interpreting Data, Statistics, and Research” co authored with Mark Coddington, won Top Rated Research Paper at the International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ) in Austin (April 21/22). Wihbey’s presentation at ISOJ was supported by a NULab Continue Reading »
Written on April 21, 2017 at 4:05 pm, by Sarah Connell
The NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks is delighted to share the news that Northeastern University has appointed Daniel J. Cohen as Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Information Collaboration, effective June 1, 2017. We are excited that this important role will be filled by an acknowledged leader in the field of digital humanities Continue Reading »
Written on April 20, 2017 at 12:02 pm, by Jonathan D. Fitzgerald
NULab Core Faculty Member John Wihbey was recently interviewed by Jason Kornwitz of News@Northeastern about the impact of Facebook Live and other online video streaming services. The interview was prompted by the Easter Sunday shooting by Steve Stephens, which Stephens video recorded and posted to Facebook. In light of this and similar headlines in recent months, Kornwitz Continue Reading »
Written on April 10, 2017 at 9:00 pm, by Sarah Connell
We are pleased to announce that several NULab core faculty members and co-directors have been awarded TIER 1 grants for FY18 research projects: “Networks and Global Health: Experimental Evidence of Women’s Social Networks, Reproductive Health, and Well-Being in Developing Countries” Catalina Herrera Almanza (Economics, International Affairs), David Lazer (Political Science, Computer Science, NULab Co-Director) “Team Continue Reading »
Written on March 31, 2017 at 12:49 pm, by Jonathan D. Fitzgerald
“Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914 (OcEx),” a project that will study information flow in nineteenth century newspapers across national and linguistic boundaries, was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant as part of The Trans-Atlantic Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities Digging into Data Challenge. NULab Core Faculty Members Ryan Continue Reading »
Written on March 5, 2017 at 3:18 pm, by Jonathan D. Fitzgerald
David Lazer, co-director of the NULab, is co-author on an article recently published in Science titled “The need for a translational science of democracy.” In the article, Lazer and his colleagues call for the creation of “a translational science of democracy that maintains scientific rigor while actively promoting the health of the body politic,” in light Continue Reading »
Written on February 6, 2017 at 10:22 am, by Sarah Connell
A new study led by David Lazer found that national election polls remain a strong indicator of election outcomes. In an article on the study from News@Northeastern, Lazer said of the study’s results: “The bottom line is that polls do surprisingly well across varied applications across the world, but they’re not magic. I think the Continue Reading »
Written on February 3, 2017 at 8:36 pm, by Sarah Connell
On February 2, Julia Flanders, Digital Scholarship Group Director, led a discussion on grant writing for graduate students in the Digital Media Commons at Snell Library. In her talk, (slides available here), Flanders stressed how important it is that those who are writing grant proposals remember that they are aiming to participate in a much Continue Reading »
Written on February 2, 2017 at 11:02 am, by Sarah Connell
NULab is once again inviting proposals for seedling grants, travel, and co-sponsorship of events related to digital humanities and computational social science. The deadline is March 17, 2017. Proposals should be submitted to Sarah Connell at sa.connell[at]northeastern[dot]edu. Seedling grant proposals should be no more than 2 pages, and travel and co-sponsorship proposals no more than Continue Reading »
Written on January 30, 2017 at 1:40 pm, by Jonathan D. Fitzgerald
Dean Carla Brodley of the College of Computer and Information Science has instituted a plan for the college to reach equal female-male enrollment by 2021. Already, since assuming the role of dean in 2014, female enrollment has reached 26 percent from 19 percent in 2016, according to an article in The Huntington News. Dean Brodley will take part in Continue Reading »
Written on January 23, 2017 at 3:47 pm, by Jonathan D. Fitzgerald
NULab Core Faculty Member Nick Beauchamp has created plotmaps of the inaugural addresses of the past four U.S. presidents, including the recent address by President Trump. This last address, Beauchamp notes, proved particularly challenging: Trump’s speech is difficult to plot, because generally I omit generic words, which for presidential speeches usually includes “America.” But for Trump, Continue Reading »
Written on January 12, 2017 at 4:31 pm, by Jonathan D. Fitzgerald
NULab Core Faculty Member and history professor Benjamin Schmidt is among 8 recipients of the first round of NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication. The grant, which is new this year, “is intended to stimulate the emerging field of digital publication,” according to a press release issued by NEH. Schmidt’s project, which, according to the project’s description, Continue Reading »
Written on January 12, 2017 at 4:07 pm, by Jonathan D. Fitzgerald
NULab Core Faculty Member and journalism professor John Wihbey coauthored a piece for The Washington Post with fellow journalism professor Mike Beaudet and Pedro Miguel Cruz, assistant professor of information visualization. In the piece, they detail the methodology and findings from their State Financial Disclosure Project, which is a collaboration between Northeastern’s School of Journalism and Department of Art + Design. Continue Reading »
Written on January 11, 2017 at 2:04 pm, by Jonathan D. Fitzgerald
NULab Core Faculty Member Nick Beauchamp is quoted in a recent news@Northeastern article regarding President Obama’s farewell speech, delivered on January 10. Beauchamp recognizes similar themes from past Obama speeches, but adds that the President seemed to strike a more somber note this time around. Addressing the fragmented media landscape brought about, in part, by the ability Continue Reading »
Written on December 12, 2016 at 4:28 pm, by Jonathan D. Fitzgerald
Here’s something to think about while rushing to complete your holiday shopping: the prices you see on e-commerce sites like Amazon.com may not be the same prices other people see. Fortunately, a new tool created by NULab Core Faculty Members David Lazer, Christo Wilson, and their team of researchers makes it easy to identify occurrences Continue Reading »
Written on December 6, 2016 at 1:50 pm, by Jonathan D. Fitzgerald
NULab Core Faculty Member Christo Wilson and his colleagues demonstrate the presence of bias in two prominent online freelance marketplaces in a recently published study. The team collected thousands of worker profiles from Fiverr and TaskRabbitt and found racial and gender disparities. Women on both sites received fewer reviews than men, and African Americans consistently Continue Reading »
Written on November 24, 2016 at 11:46 am, by Sarah Connell
Professor Elizabeth Maddock Dillon recently published an op-ed, “Long Before ‘Hamilton’ Brouhaha, Theater Was Anything but Polite” in the New York Times. You can read her piece, which contextualizes recent events in light of the “history of public debate and live, messy democracy” and shows that “theater and performance are powerful resources for embodying and imagining community Continue Reading »
Written on November 4, 2016 at 1:56 pm, by Jonathan D. Fitzgerald
Moya Bailey, NULab Core Faculty member and Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies and the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, was recently interviewed at HASTAC about her involvement with HASTAC while a graduate student, her activism, her current research, and the state of DH. Asked about advice for current and Continue Reading »
Written on November 1, 2016 at 7:28 pm, by Jonathan D. Fitzgerald
William R. Hobbs, a postdoctorate research fellow in the Lazer Lab, co-led a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which suggests an association between moderate social media use and longer life. “Given the very strong association between real-world interactions and better health, it could be that the more you have Continue Reading »
Written on October 13, 2016 at 10:36 am, by Jonathan D. Fitzgerald
NULab Core Faculty member Ryan Cordell was interviewed for a story on the history of election maps, published on National Geographic’s website. Following an image of the oldest known map of a U.S. presidential election, Cordell considers why we don’t find more election maps in nineteenth century publications. “Images were not very common in newspapers until late in the 19th Continue Reading »
Written on October 5, 2016 at 9:37 am, by Sarah Connell
NULab core faculty member John Wihbey and Mike Beaudet, both of Northeastern’s Journalism department, have recently published an op-ed in the New York Times. In their article, “Why It’s So Hard to See Politicians’ Financial Data,” Wihbey and Beaudet report that they have examined data across all fifty states and have found “a litany of inadequacies.” The authors discuss Continue Reading »
Written on September 29, 2016 at 9:58 pm, by Sarah Connell
In new research published in the journal Science, David Lazer, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Sciences, and his colleagues analyzed the effectiveness of global-scale databases of news articles in understanding and predicting worldwide events. While Lazer and his team underscored that these systems hold great promise, they found these systems wanting—falling Continue Reading »
Written on September 16, 2016 at 10:33 am, by Sarah Connell
A new article, published in Common-place: The Journal of Early American Life, shares insights into early American studies and the digital humanities from four early-career scholars who have been involved in several NULab projects. The article’s authors—Benjamin Doyle, Elizabeth Hopwood, Jim McGrath, and Abby Mullen—are recent graduates of or current students at Northeastern who have experiences Continue Reading »
Written on September 14, 2016 at 1:13 pm, by Sarah Connell
NULab core faculty member Nicholas Beauchamp has published new research in the American Journal of Political Science. Beauchamp’s article, “Predicting and Interpolating State-Level Polls Using Twitter Textual Data,” combines 1,200 state-level polls from the 2012 presidential campaign with over 100 million political tweets to show that “when properly modeled, the Twitter-based measures track and to some degree predict Continue Reading »
Written on September 11, 2016 at 5:24 pm, by Sarah Connell
Following the recent attacks on Leslie Jones, Katy Perry tweeted support towards her last week – including the term “misogynoir,” which was coined by NULab core faculty member and professor of WGSS and Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies Moya Bailey in an essay in 2014. The term refers specifically to Black women, combining the anti-Blackness Continue Reading »
Written on September 9, 2016 at 6:33 pm, by Sarah Connell
NULab-affiliated postdoc Philipp Hunziker has a new paper showing that politically excluded groups have lower access to the Internet compared with those in power. “Digital discrimination: Political bias in Internet service provision across ethnic groups,” by Nils B. Weidmann, Suso Benitez-Baleato, Philipp Hunziker, Eduard Glatz, and Xenofontas Dimitropoulos, was published today in Science. To read Continue Reading »
Written on August 19, 2016 at 12:22 pm, by NULab Administrator
NULab co-director and professor of political science and computer science and information David Lazer appeared on NPR’s “All Things Considered”, along with several others from his Northeastern Lab, on Thursday, August 18 to talk about Donald Trump’s Twitter strategy. Take a listen or a look at the transcript to hear Lazer’s take.
Written on August 15, 2016 at 5:16 pm, by NULab Administrator
Facebook has updated its approach to digital ad-blocking while expanding users’ control over their advertising experience on the site. NULab faculty member and assistant professor of computer science Christo Wilson, along with assistant professor of computer science Yakov Bart, spoke with Northeastern News about digital marketing and Big Data. See their “3Qs” feature here.
Written on July 18, 2016 at 5:05 pm, by NULab Administrator
NULab faculty member and assistant professor of journalism and new media John Wihbey comments on the media’s use of “graphic” citizen photographs in reporting on the terror attacks in Nice, France. Read what he and fellow faculty members Max Abrahams, assistant professor of political science, and Mai’a K. Davis Cross, associate professor of political science Continue Reading »
Written on July 6, 2016 at 5:09 pm, by NULab Administrator
NULab faculty member and assistant professor of communications studies and network science Brooke Foucault Welles answered Northeastern News’s “3Qs” on the concept of ideological isolation and how it effects debate in the public realm. Learn more about the concept of ideological isolation and how what we see on social media impacts what we talk about Continue Reading »
Written on June 30, 2016 at 4:47 pm, by NULab Administrator
NULab faculty members and associate and assistant professors of computer science, respectively, Alan Mislove and Christo Wilson, have been researching whether the proprietary algorithms that online job hunting sites use to analyze user profile data, web-browsing choices, and other online information may lead to discrimination. But due to a section of the US Computer Fraud and Abuse Continue Reading »
Written on June 24, 2016 at 4:16 pm, by NULab Administrator
NULab faculty and assistant professor of political science Nick Beauchamp, along with distinguished professor of history William Fowler, and assistant professor of political science Dan Kennedy spoke with Northeastern News about the cultural and political significance of the House sit-in for gun control reform. Read their thoughts here.
Written on June 17, 2016 at 4:02 pm, by NULab Administrator
In the aftermath of the mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) began a filibuster on the senate floor which lasted nearly 15 hours, with the goal of building support for stalled gun reform legislation. Northeastern News interviewed NULab faculty member and assistant professor of political science Nick Beauchamp about Continue Reading »
Written on June 2, 2016 at 1:54 pm, by NULab Administrator
NULab faculty member and assistant professor of Computer Science Christo Wilson and other researchers have found that Amazon is much more likely to feature sellers in the buy box who use an automated practice called algorithmic pricing, even though their prices may be higher than those who don’t. Algorithmic pricing readjusts product prices in real-time using Continue Reading »
Written on June 2, 2016 at 1:41 pm, by NULab Administrator
Network Science PhD student and NULab Fellow Matthew Simonson will travel to Uganda this summer to study water access and control in the country, using a combination of interviews and equations, on a seedling grant funded by NULab. Read more about Simonson’s project and background in the Northeastern News.
Written on May 19, 2016 at 10:47 am, by NULab Administrator
Don’t assume that online maps reveal an unbiased depiction of borders around the globe. New research by NULab faculty member and assistant professor of Computer Science Christo Wilson suggests that outlets like Google and Bing “personalize” their maps—that is, change disputed borders at the behest of governments, showing users in different countries different international boundaries. Wilson Continue Reading »
Written on May 16, 2016 at 1:23 pm, by NULab Administrator
David Lazer, Co-Director of NULab and Professor of Political Science, has analyzed Donald Trump’s tweets in a post on Politico. See what his analysis shows.
Written on March 30, 2016 at 1:18 pm, by NULab Administrator
Northeastern News asked NULab core faculty member and assistant professor of journalism and new media John Wihbey to comment on how the news media covers terrorist attacks in light of the tragic attacks in France, Lebanon, Belgium, Turkey, Iraq, Nigeria, and the Ivory Coast. Wihbey answer “3Qs” on the topic. See what he has to Continue Reading »
Written on March 21, 2016 at 1:13 pm, by NULab Administrator
NULab core faculty member and professor and chair of the department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures answers Northeastern News’s “3Qs” about the relationship between the United States and Cuba after President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba in March 2016.
Written on March 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm, by NULab Administrator
NULab core faculty member and Assistant Professor of Political Science Nick Beauchamp answers Northeastern News’s “3Qs” on how politicians use big data to influence your vote. Read more about voter “micro-targeting” and whether or not this is the future of political campaigning here.
Written on January 15, 2016 at 12:45 pm, by NULab Administrator
New research published online in the journal Information, Communication & Society on December 29, 2015 from NULab core faculty member and Assistant Professor of Communications Studies and Network Science Brooke Foucault Welles and Assistant Professor of Communications Studies Sarah Jackson show that “citizen journalism”– everyday citizens using social media outlets such as Twitter– rather than the Continue Reading »
Written on January 14, 2016 at 5:57 pm, by NULab Administrator
Rolling Stone recently published an article by actor and activist Sean Penn about his interactions with noted drug kingpin “El Chapo”, which occurred while El Chapo was on the run from authorities. This article has sparked a debate on journalistic ethics. Northeastern’s John Wihbey, assistant professor of Journalism and New Media and core faculty at NULab, Continue Reading »
Written on January 14, 2016 at 5:41 pm, by NULab Administrator
NULab core faculty member Nick Beauchamp, assistant professor in Political Science, has provided an analysis of President Obama’s final State of the Union remarks via a “plot map”. Beauchamp has developed a new method to automatically visualize the progress of a speech through its themes and ideas. Similar to a word cloud, the plot map Continue Reading »
Written on January 13, 2016 at 1:52 pm, by NULab Administrator
Professors Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (NULab co-founder), David Smith, Ryan Cordell, and Ben Schmidt have secured a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create a revolutionary search tool to aid scholars in accessing and fully utilizing digital data. The grant will enable these NULab faculty to refine a text-mining software called Proteus, co-invented Continue Reading »
Written on January 7, 2016 at 5:05 pm, by NULab Administrator
Professor David Lazer, NULab Director, along with Ryan Kennedy and Oren Tsur, have charted seven years of President Barack Obama’s speeches, featured in Politico. See what preoccupied the President across his term, here.
Written on November 25, 2015 at 2:16 pm, by NULab Administrator
Read NULab core faculty John Wihbey’s “The Looming Battlefield for Clean Data” in The Boston Globe.
Written on October 20, 2015 at 4:55 pm, by NULab Administrator
Christo Wilson is featured in an article on the Huffington Post, discussing how Facebook and Google’s algorithms are affecting political viewpoints. “You look at a Wikipedia article and assume it must all be true,” he says. “Or you search for something on Google and think the results are subjective and correct off the bat.” Read the Continue Reading »
Written on October 7, 2015 at 7:57 pm, by NULab Administrator
Listen to Nick Beauchamp, Assistant Professor in Political Science and NULab core faculty, talk about his research in persuasive speeches on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”
Written on October 1, 2015 at 8:15 pm, by NULab Administrator
NULab core faculty Professor Nick Beauchamp (Political Science) has studied how political arguments can change popular opinion and has developed an algorithm that will allow computers to generate progressively more persuasive text. Read about Beauchamp’s research and its analysis on Wired.
Written on September 23, 2015 at 8:54 pm, by NULab Administrator
Check out the Lazer Lab’s article on Politico about what the data on the GOP debate last week has to say about who talked the most and what the candidates actually said.
Written on September 8, 2015 at 7:46 pm, by NULab Administrator
Check out this article at Pacific Standard about Professor Nick Beauchamp’s paper at this year’s Political Science Association Conference, where he uses text analysis, machine learning, and participants recruited through Northeastern’s Volunteer Science platform to automatically craft progressively more persuasive text. In this paper, Beauchamp, a NULab core faculty member, tests this by creating increasingly Continue Reading »
Written on September 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm, by NULab Administrator
Check out the Northeastern Magazine story featuring Northeastern’s Data Design program. The story covers many aspects of the program and also features the work of program head and NULab core faculty member, Assistant Professor Dietmar Offenhuber.
Written on June 30, 2015 at 7:46 pm, by NULab Administrator
NULab core faculty member Brooke Foucault Welles (Communication Studies) has received the Communication Methods and Measures Article of the Year Award for “Dynamic Models of Communication in an Online Friendship Network.” The joural is the official journal for the Communication Theory and Methodology Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).
Written on June 11, 2015 at 5:54 pm, by NULab Administrator
NULab co-founder and director Professor David Lazer and his group at the Lazer Lab have published an article in Politico analyzing what Congress talks about when it discusses foreign affairs– effectively drawing a map of the world as Congress sees it.
Written on May 28, 2015 at 8:08 pm, by NULab Administrator
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.
Written on May 27, 2015 at 4:07 pm, by NULab Administrator
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.
Written on May 27, 2015 at 3:57 pm, by NULab Administrator
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 »
Written on May 22, 2015 at 2:43 pm, by NULab Administrator
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 »
Written on May 18, 2015 at 3:10 pm, by NULab Administrator
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 »
Written on May 15, 2015 at 8:50 pm, by NULab Administrator
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.
Written on May 15, 2015 at 8:34 pm, by NULab Administrator
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.
Written on April 23, 2015 at 4:18 pm, by NULab Administrator
Co-director of the NULab, Professor David Lazer, has co-authored a first-of-its-kind study that indicates that when members of Congress substantively engage constituents about controversial subjects, they can persuade them on policy, increase trust in their leadership and even garner more votes. This study is featured on the Monkey Cage blog at the Washington Post online.
Written on April 23, 2015 at 4:13 pm, by NULab Administrator
A new study by David Lazer, co-director of NULab, that analyzes how people are influenced by members of Congress indicates a nonpartisan dialogue about controversial issues like immigration can have a powerful effect on voters. This study is the first of its kind. Read more about it in The Boston Globe.
Written on April 23, 2015 at 4:02 pm, by NULab Administrator
NULab graduate fellow Devin Gaffney, a network science PhD candidate, is featured in the Boston Globe. “Gaffney, 27, tracks viral cascades, a term used to describe ‘the phenomenon of content spreading quickly and widely through a human social network via its digital shadows.’ In other words, the life and death of a meme.”
Written on March 27, 2015 at 6:55 pm, by NULab Administrator
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) awarded Northeastern Assistant Professor of English, and NULab core faculty member, Ryan Cordell one of seven ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships for 2015-16. Selected from a highly competitive field of applicants, awardees will dedicate a year to projects that further the digital transformation of humanistic research. The program is generously funded by The Continue Reading »
Written on February 9, 2015 at 4:46 pm, by NULab Administrator
Professor Ben Schmidt has developed a chart that shows how words presidents use in their State of the Union addresses reflect the twists and turns of history, featured in The Atlantic.
Written on February 9, 2015 at 4:35 pm, by NULab Administrator
Professor Ben Schmidt has developed an interactive chart using data from 14 million posts on RateMyProfessors.com that allows you to search for any word and see how often it appears, broken down by gender and department. The results make vivid gender biases. Read an analysis of the chart in The New York Times.
Written on January 21, 2015 at 9:07 pm, by NULab Administrator
Professor Nick Beauchamp, a NULab faculty member and professor of political science, posts on the Monkey Cage blog of The Washington Post with what he calls a “plot map” of President Barack Obama’s sixth State of the Union address, showing the speech’s trajectory and its complicated, neat circular structure. Read the post here. You can also try out Continue Reading »
Written on December 8, 2014 at 8:24 pm, by NULab Administrator
NULab core faculty member and Professor of Political Science Nick Beauchamp has written a guest post for the Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage Blog, about using network and other computational methods to detect how political polarization shaped the factual perceptions or recollections of the witness in Ferguson. Read it here.
Written on November 12, 2014 at 5:49 pm, by NULab Administrator
Watch Prof. Nick Beauchamp, NULab Core Faculty member and professor of political science at Northeastern, discuss political behavior and what moves people to the polls on WGBH. Watch the clip here!
Written on November 4, 2014 at 5:24 pm, by NULab Administrator
Thanks to a study by NULab co-director Professor David Lazer, Google has updated the algorithm it uses to predict flu outbreaks. Read more at the Wall Street Journal‘s blog.
Written on October 27, 2014 at 2:19 pm, by NULab Administrator
A study from Northeastern shows that e-commerce retailers show some users different prices or products based on their web-browsing history and other factors. The study has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and Time.
Written on October 20, 2014 at 4:03 pm, by NULab Administrator
History PhD candidate and second-year NULab Fellow Abby Mullen organized a workshop — hosted by Northeastern and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities — to introduce military historians to digital tools and methods that will help them enhance their own work. Read more about the even on the Northeastern News!
Written on October 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm, by NULab Administrator
A study on how experts judge new ideas by NULab core faculty Professor Chris Riedl and Kevin Boudreau, Eva Guinan, and Karim Lakhani is featured in The Atlantic. Read the story here.
Written on September 30, 2014 at 1:55 pm, by NULab Administrator
Assistant Professor of History and NULab core faculty member Ben Schmidt has developed a quirky invention which he has dubbed the Anachronism Machine, whose function is to detect time-period errors in film and TV scripts. Read the full article in Northeastern Magazine.
Written on September 19, 2014 at 7:01 pm, by NULab Administrator
Professor Ben Schmidt has created a database that can pinpoint with accuracy when vocabulary enters into and gains usage in television and film– and this has uncanny social implications. Read more on the Washington Post blog The Intersect.
Written on September 12, 2014 at 2:07 pm, by NULab Administrator
Using a database he created called Bookworm, Ben Schmidt, Professor of History and core NULab faculty member, has created a tool for searching every word ever used in the history of popular television show The Simpsons. Read more about the project here and check it out here.