• John Wihbey answers “3Qs” on Sean Penn’s interview with El Chapo

    January 14, 2016

    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, ...

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  • Nick Beauchamp Charts President Obama’s Final SOTU Address

    January 14, 2016

    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 ...

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  • 4 NULab Faculty Members Secure Mellon Grant

    January 13, 2016

    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 ...

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  • Lazer Charts President Obama’s Speeches

    January 7, 2016

    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.

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  • John Wihbey: The Looming Battlefield for Clean Data

    November 25, 2015

    Read NULab core faculty John Wihbey’s “The Looming Battlefield for Clean Data” in The Boston Globe.

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  • Christo Wilson on Social Media Algorithms and Political Viewpoints

    October 20, 2015

    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 ...

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  • Beauchamp on “All Things Considered”

    October 7, 2015

    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.”

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  • Beauchamp’s research on Wired

    October 1, 2015

    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.

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  • Debate Data Reveals It’s Still the Trump Show

    September 23, 2015

    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.

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  • Nick Beauchamp Shows How To Make Speeches Better

    September 8, 2015

    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 ...

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  • The Leading Edge of Data Design

    September 2, 2015

    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.

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  • Brooke Foucault Welles Receives Article of the Year Award

    June 30, 2015

    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).

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  • How Congress Sees the World, in Charts

    June 11, 2015

    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.    

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  • When Politicians Talk About Coal

    May 28, 2015

    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.

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