The use of Social Media for the study of International Courts – University of Copenhagen

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The use of Social Media for the study of International Courts

On March 30th iCourts is organizing another methodological workshop on automated text analysis using R, taught by Pablo Barberá. The workshop will focus on methods to conduct quantitative analyses of textual and web data, with an emphasis on social media data, applied to the study of International Courts and similar institutions.

The first part of the workshop will focus on the extraction and analysis of social media data using the statistical software R. It will provide an overview of the available tools to access data from the two most popular social media websites, Twitter and Facebook, and illustrate its potential for social science research with different examples of analyses that can be conducted with this data.

The second part of this workshop will show how to extract information from other web sources, such as online newspapers and other websites, using automated methods in R. This will be followed by a discussion of different methods to analyze large-scale text data, from the preprocessing stage to the analysis using machine learning methods, including supervised classification and topic modeling.

The participants will have the chance to run some of the exercises on their laptops with the use of the statistical software R (freely available). Basic training in R will be offered at the starting of the session.

Pablo Barberá is a specialist in the analysis of social media and politics. He is currently a Moore-Sloan Fellow at the NYU Center for Data Science. In July 2016, he will be joining the faculty of the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California as an Assistant Professor. Further information about his profile can be found here:

Structure of the methodological workshop:

08:45 – 09:00 Welcome and light breakfast with coffee and tea
09:00 – 10:00 Introduction to the statistical software R.
10:00 – 12:00 Data extraction and analysis from social media platforms (Twitter and Facebook).
Lunch break
13:00 – 15:00

Automated text analysis from newspapers and the web using topic models and machine learning.

30 March 2016, 9:00-15:00

Faculty of Law, iCourts Open Meeting Area,Studiestræde 6, 1st floor, DK-1455 Copenhagen K

For participation in the workshop please register no later than 29 March 2016 by using this registration form.