Come to Nijmegen and learn about social media, political communication and R

Yes yes yes. Again you can sign up for one or both of my Radboud Summer School courses, which will take place early July, 2020, in Nijmegen the Netherlands. The first course is about social media in political communication and news and journalism. The second course is about learning R and Rstudio. Of course, you can sign up for both courses, if you like.

More information can be found here:

Social media theory and research in political communication, news and journalism


Introduction to data science with R and Rstudio for the social sciences/

I hope to see you in 2020 in Nijmegen!!!!!

Visiting University of Pisa, Italy

  Last Friday, I returned to Nijmegen from a month’s stay in Pisa, Italy. Surely you remember the city with the skewed tower. But, there’s much more to the city than that. I was invited by Professor Roberta Bracciale (@braccialer) to visit her Faculty of Political Science of the University of Pisa. Having been there last year for a short visit, and really liked the work she and her colleagues conducted, I was happy to accept her invitation. We started working on social media use by members of the Italian parliament. Now, there’s a surprise 😂. I was also glad to meet two of my former Radboud summer school students Antonio Martella (@Vot4ntonio) and Cesar Crisosto (@cesarcrisosto). Antonio has finished his Ph.D. project, while Cesar is finishing his project. It’s always fun to catch up with all of them. A big thank you to Roberta Bracciale and to those in Pisa who made my stay very pleasant.

#Brexitdeal text visualization

OK, not that I am bored, I have probably better things to do. However, given the Brexit agreement between the UK and the EU of today (dd.10/17/2019), I decided to visualize N-grams (word pairs) from the agreement.
Below is the network of these word pairs in the agreement as published here. It represents word pairs that occur more than six times in the agreement. Some obvious word pairs are of course “United Kingdom” and “European Union”, as well as Directives with a particular year mentioned.

More interesting word pairs are “competent authorities”, “animal health”, “motor vehicles”, “national reference laboratories”, “north south cooperation”, and “marketing standards”.