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Collecting and analysing social media data
|London School of Economics and Political Science|
Dr Pablo Barbera
PhD Academy, 4th floor, Lionel Robbins Building, Portugal Street, London
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Esti Sidley, 0207 955 6947
Citizens across the globe spend an increasing proportion of their time on social media. Their activities on these platforms leave behind granular, time-stamped footprints of behavior and personal interactions that represent a new and exciting source of data to study standing questions about political and social behavior. The goal of this workshop is to introduce participants to the opportunities and challenges of social media data in the social sciences. The first part of the workshop will provide an overview of existing work on this growing subfield. We will discuss the types of data from social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter that are available for research. The afternoon session will introduce the most popular R packages to query social media APIs. These packages allow researchers to collect tweets filtered by keywords, location, and language in real time, and to scrape public Facebook pages, including likes and comments. The process of collecting and analyzing the data will be illustrated with examples from published research.
This workshop will take place on Wednesday 24th January 2018 in the PhD Academy, 4th Floor, Lionel Robbins Building, Portugal Street, London.
This session consists of a lecture from 10am - 12pm and a practical session from 2pm - 4pm.
Intermediate (some prior knowledge)
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Quantitative Data Handling and Data Analysis, R, social media data collection,
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