VDSG – Knowledgefeed vol. 24: using NLP to dissect stereotyping and authoritarianism

Dear Community,

get ready for our 24th Knowledgefeed featuring 2 talks about the application of natural language processing on topics concerning society and politics.

Talk 1 (duration 20 min):
Using Natural Language Processing to Automate the Bechdel Test

by Krista Westphal, data analyst at Unicredit Bank Austria AG.

Krista recently finished her master’s thesis at the Vienna University of Technology. In her thesis she developed methods for analyzing whether a screenplay or novel passes the Bechdel test. In this talk she will present her thesis, describing the various natural language processing techniques she used.

Talk 2 (duration 30 min):
Researching China’s (Online) Politics: A Data Science Toolbox

by Christian Göbel, Professor of Modern China Studies at the University of Vienna.

The Chinese Internet offers a treasure trove of diverse data that offers insights into how China’s One-Party system operates. The research project “the Microfoundations of Authoritarianism” uses online petitions, tweets about social unrest, policy-related documents and other kinds of data to study citizen-government interactions and their political impact. In this talk, we introduce some of our favourite tools for web scraping, natural language processing, supervised and unsupervised classification, GIS visualisation, network analysis, and inferential statistics. Finally, we outline some of the challenges we are currently facing.

Christian Göbel is Professor of Modern China Studies at the University of Vienna and Principal Investigator of the research project “the Microfoundations of Authoritarianism: E-Participation, Social Unrest and Public Policy in China”, which is funded by the European Research Council. A political scientist and sinologist by training, his research is concerned with the adaptability of the Chinese Party-State to social, economic and political challenges. He is especially interested in the effects of digital technology on governance in China and other countries, which he currently analyses together with an amazing team of post-doctoral, postgraduate and graduate researchers.

Twitter: @Chri5tianGoebel
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christian_Goebel2

As always: grab the opportunity to ask our lecturers questions, discuss your ideas and of course enjoy the company of some interesting folks!

Please do not hesitate to present your own projects, ideas or thoughts. We are more than gladly sharing the stage with you! Please refer to our blog-post / Discussion entry for further details:

Stay tuned and RSVP on our Meetup:

Knowledgefeed vol. 24: using NLP to dissect stereotyping and authoritarianism

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 6:00 PM

weXelerate
Praterstraße 1, 1020 Wien Vienna, AT

36 Data Scientists Attending

Dear Community, get ready for our 24th Knowledgefeed featuring 2 talks about the application of natural language processing on topics concerning society and politics. Talk 1 (duration 20 min): Using Natural Language Processing to Automate the Bechdel Test by Krista Westphal, data analyst at Unicredit Bank Austria AG. Krista recently finished her ma…

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