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27 May 2024

Sciences Po

Accessing and using data for social scientists using R

This is a short hands-on workshop to acquire skills to harness media data in the programming language R. We will focus on techniques to gather data fr...

This is a short hands-on workshop to acquire skills to harness media data in the programming language R. We will focus on techniques to gather data from the web and analyze text. Emphasis will be adjusted to the group’s needs, i.e. the below structure is tentative. Some familiarity with R is required. If you are unsure about your level, feel free to get in touch with me beforehand. Day 1: Patching gaps in your skills/knowledge - This course requires some prior knowledge in R. We will fill in gaps in your R skills relevant to the course. We will finish by focusing on data formats encountered online and through APIs (JSON, XML, HTML). Day 2: Automating data collection - We will learn automating data collection from the web, archives, and through application programming interfaces. We will focus on the problems you may encounter in doing so. Days 3 and 4: Handling and analyzing text data - We will dive into pattern matching in manipulating text and exemplify how to prepare and analyze such data. Depending on the group’s needs/interests, we will pick a few specific techniques (dictionary analysis, scaling, scoring, POS-tagging, etc.). We will especially also talk about issues that arise with large-scale text data. Dates: May 27-30 (Mo 13:00-16:00; Tue 09:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00; We 09:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00; Th 09:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00)
Teachers:
  • Achim Edelmann (Sciences Po)
Entry requirements: Some familiarity with R is required.
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Online
27/05/24 - 30/05/24
Reg. deadline: 20/05/24
Credits: 0
N° of Sessions: 7
Sciences Po

Lire, analyser et utiliser les études comportementales (Reading, analyzing and using behavioral science)

The aim of this course is to provide students with the tools they need to use experimental human sciences, and more specifically behavioral sciences, ...

The aim of this course is to provide students with the tools they need to use experimental human sciences, and more specifically behavioral sciences, in their research work and professional practice. Students will be given the keys to efficiently finding relevant articles from the behavioral science literature and critically analyzing research in this field. They will also get the fundamental knowledge to building their own experimental protocols, enabling them to enrich their thinking on the articulation between experimental methods and other methods in the human sciences. Dates: May 27, from 10 am to 12 pm; May 29, from 12 to 2 pm, May 30 from 10 to 12 and June 3, 5, 7 and 10 from 10 am to 12 pm. Course in English and French.
Teachers:
  • Lou Safra (Sciences Po)
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Online
27/05/24 - 07/06/24
Reg. deadline: 15/05/24
Credits: 0
N° of Sessions: 6

28 May 2024

National University of Political Studies and Public Administration

Authentic assessment in higher education

Webinar / Professional development for junior teaching professionals, doctoral and post-doctoral researchers from across the CIVICA alliance who are p...

Webinar / Professional development for junior teaching professionals, doctoral and post-doctoral researchers from across the CIVICA alliance who are preparing to enter the teaching profession This professional development event is part of the Teacher Development Programme and explores the principles and methods for authentic assessment. This type of assessment goes beyond traditional testing methods to evaluate students' real-world knowledge, skills, and competencies. Participants will explore the learning and assessment environment, the role of assessment and several methods including portfolios, case studies, and project-based assessment. Scheduled: May, 28, 2024, starting at 16.00 (EET)
Teachers:
  • Simona Velea (National University of Political Studies and Public Administration)
  • Mirela Alexandru (National University of Political Studies and Public Administration)
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Online
28/05/24 - 28/05/24
Reg. deadline: 25/05/24
Credits: 0
N° of Sessions: 1
The London School of Economics and Political Sciences

Academic Writing: Introductions and Literature Reviews

We explore the broad principles underlying academic writing – what makes academic writing distinctive, how to situate your argument within a broader l...

We explore the broad principles underlying academic writing – what makes academic writing distinctive, how to situate your argument within a broader literature, and how to structure a coherent argument. In this 90-minute session, the trainer will walk you through the five steps to writing a killer introduction and how to think about - and write - literature reviews.
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Online
28/05/24 - 28/05/24
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Reg. deadline: 27/05/24
Credits: 0

30 May 2024

The London School of Economics and Political Sciences

Conducting Sensitive Interviews

Sensitive interviews include interviews about emotionally difficult topics or deeply personal issues, interviews with vulnerable populations or resear...

Sensitive interviews include interviews about emotionally difficult topics or deeply personal issues, interviews with vulnerable populations or research that could have negative consequences for participants. The session will address a range of questions and is designed to equip researchers conducting sensitive research with the understanding, tools and strategies they will need in the field. Participants are invited to bring their own research projects and examples, experiences, questions, and concerns to the session. Note: Students attending this session are expected to have a solid understanding of the principles of informed consent and are strongly urged to attend the session on Informed consent on 9 May.
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Online
30/05/24 - 30/05/24
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Reg. deadline: 29/05/24
Credits: 0
N° of Sessions: 2

06 June 2024

Sciences Po

MATH+ECON+CODE’, Masterclass on Equilibrium Transport and Matching Models in Economics

This intensive course, part of the ‘math+econ+code’ series, is focused on models of demand, matching models, and optimal transport methods, with vario...

This intensive course, part of the ‘math+econ+code’ series, is focused on models of demand, matching models, and optimal transport methods, with various applications pertaining to labor markets, economics of marriage, industrial organization, matching platforms, networks, and international trade, from the crossed perspectives of theory, empirics, and computation. It will introduce tools from economic theory, mathematics, econometrics and computing, on a need’s basis, without any particular prerequisite other than the equivalent of a first-year graduate sequence in econ or in applied math.This second part focuses on the estimation of the models, and the "inverse optimal transport problem". Because it aims at providing a bridge between theory and practice, the teaching format is somewhat unusual: each teaching “block” will be made of a mix of theory and coding (in Python), based on an empirical application related to the theory just seen. Students will have the opportunity to write their own code, which is expected to be operational at the end of each block. This course is therefore closer to cooking lessons than to traditional lectures. Dates: 6 and 7 June from 14:30 to 18:00.
Teachers:
  • Alfred Galichon (Sciences Po)
Entry requirements: the equivalent of a first-year graduate sequence in econ or in applied math.
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Online
06/06/24 - 07/06/24
Reg. deadline: 29/05/24
Credits: 0
N° of Sessions: 2

24 June 2024

Sciences Po

Statistical Text Analysis

Texts — organized and stylized collections of words exchanged between people in social contexts — are one of the main forms of evidence in the social ...

Texts — organized and stylized collections of words exchanged between people in social contexts — are one of the main forms of evidence in the social sciences. Historically, text analysis involved lengthy and painstaking manual coding procedures over modestly sized collections of text. However, over the last three decades, novel algorithms for processing and representing large amounts of text have become very powerful, and the standard workflow for text analysis has become dramatically more technical in a short period of time. This course is designed for doctoral students and advanced master’s students who have some practical experience applying modern statistical text analysis methods to research questions in the social sciences and wish to deepen their knowledge of the logic, design, and mechanics underlying these tools. In particular, the main goal of the course is to help you develop an intuitive grasp of the general word association model (i.e. “word embeddings”). We will (1) collectively discuss the conceptual and theoretical problems inherent to studying meaning quantitatively; (2) survey the mathematical knowledge needed to make the leap from classical quantitative methods in the social sciences (linear regression/GLMs) to language modeling; and (3) gain hands-on experience inspecting the internal workings of language models. Couse on site, open to exchange or visiting CIVICA early stage researchers. Dates; from 24 to 28 June, from 9:30am to 12:30pm and 2:00 to 4:00pm.
Teachers:
  • Alex Kindel (Sciences Po)
Entry requirements: Prior introductory coursework in quantitative methodology (probability theory, correlation, ordinary least squares, generalized linear models) is expected. Some prior experience working with text data would be helpful, but is not required.
Assessment: Project-based (individual or team).
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On site
24/06/24 - 28/06/24
Reg. deadline: 17/06/24
Credits: 0
N° of Sessions: 10