The Social Science and Social Media Collaborative
Have established models of social and political processes lost their predictive power?
Recent events, such as incorrect predictions of the 2016 election outcome and the spread of misinformation, present an opportunity to challenge old models with new sources of data.
The abundance of data from social media presents an opportunity to understand social and political trends better.
But first, researchers must address issues concerning the use of this data. Is it representative? Are users honest about their thoughts? Is the collection and processing of the data unbiased and accurate?
This study incorporates three parallel projects to address these issues and harness the opportunity to use new data to gain a better understanding of social and political phenomena.
Each of the three projects have specific substantive focus areas, but are linked through the use of data science methods, big data resources, and the use of high performance computing.
S3MC is featured on the newly-launched ISR Data Science Portal, which will serve as a hub for the data science and big data research being conducted at ISR. The site highlights both the Parenting project and the Political Communication project, each of which is...
Research conducted by the Political Communication project will be published in Words that Matter: How the News and Social Media Shaped the 2016 Presidential Campaign in May 2020. Words that Matter assesses how the news media covered the extraordinary 2016 election...
Mike Traugott, Ceren Budak, Lisa O. Singh, and Jonathan Ladd presented findings from the S3MC Political Communications study at the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) Seminar on November 14, 2019. The panel discussion, moderated by Rayid Ghani, covered...
Ceren Budak and her team are one of 12 inaugural recipients of Social Science Research Council and Social Science One grants to conduct independent research on social media’s impact on democracy using privacy-protected Facebook data.
S3MC member Pamela Davis-Kean is the new Associate Director for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Michigan Institute for Data Science
Josh Pasek will give a talk on Friday February 1, 2019, titled “What Can Tweets Tell Us About Public Opinions? Uncovering the Data Generating Process by Linking Twitter Data with Surveys” that is available for live streaming.