Aldu Cornelissen and Richard Barnett attended the two week Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS) hosted at UCT. The programme is organised by Matthew Salganik (Princeton) and Chris Bail (Duke).
The purpose of the Summer Institute is to bring together both social science and computer science. Notable speakers included Duncan Watts (Cornell), David Lazer (Harvard), Nick Feamster (Princeton) and Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard).
The first week was spent in lectures, covering topics such as collecting digital trace data and text analysis. The second week required teams to work on their own projects and present at the end of the week.
Aldu and Richard chose to investigate news editor bias towards political topics on twitter. They managed to work through 75 million tweets in the space of three days, and presented some interesting findings. They will be collaborating with researchers from Princeton to further explore the topic.
The contents of the summer institute is publically available at https://compsocialscience.github.io/summer-institute/2018/teaching-learning-materials.