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Current Projects

 Development of concept and methodology for multi-level monitoring of the state of interethnic relationswith the data from social media

 Project Head: Olessia Koltsova

The major result of this project is a conceptual approach to and a methodology of  system devised to monitor ethnic relations on the Post-Soviet space. Its main goal is to trace, in a semi-automatic way, distribution of discussions about ethnicity in the Russian-language social media over time and space. The primary task of this tracing is early prevention of emerging inter-ethnic conflicts

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Social capital and privacy online: an urban community on a social networking site

 Project leader: Olessia Koltsova

Social networking sites (SNS) provide their users with a diverse functionality for communication which s enables them to grow their social capital, but simultaneously  poses risks to user privacy. This is  especially true given that communication networks, as a rule, develop within the same city or the closest rural area where anonymity is not always possible.

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Improving the Methodology of Automatic Text Analysis  
Project leader: Sergei Koltcov 
Topic modeling is a promising instrument for computational social science and digital humanities as it allows to automatically reveal thematic structure of large text collections – an immensely important task in the era of big Internet data. However, topic modeling, notably LDA as its main algorithm, has a number of problems that prevent its efficient use by social scientists, including social media analysts. 

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The Representation of Ukrainian Crisis in News: Frame Analysis with Topic Modelling

Media framing is an important issue in media studies and political science. Media frames have been traditionally extracted via manual content and discourse analysis. Such approach has a limited ability to deal with large text collections and is prone to subjectivity both in terms of text selection and interpretation.

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