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e-Laboratory on Opinion and Language Dynamics

Challenges[edit | edit source]

In the last few years, Human Society has undergone unprecedented changes, driven by the sudden increase in communicating technological devices that surround us, keeping traces of a large amount of our daily activities. This extremely rapid evolution, which is just starting; is associated with a fast adaptive dynamics that induces changes in our everyday practices and has consequences for the nature of the social relations that we develop.

On the one hand, the ubiquity of communication devices, by allowing us to interact with many more individuals, changes the way in which we interact with each other, for example, by allowing interaction among geographically distant people, or by bringing together very different people, who would not have been able to share a discussion or support a cause before, to converge on a particular action. These changes seem to affect the very notion of social interaction. On the other hand, an increasing number of our common actions leave digital traces that are collected by different kinds of agents such as governments, scientific societies, commercial firm and NGOs, etc.

Using different data sources to understand changes on social behaviourItalic text

The fact that the activities of human society can be massively monitored and stored is a new feature in history, and the impact of this fact on our behavior is far from trivial. This rapidly increasing amount of data, called Big Data, leads to the urgent question of its storage, organization, retrieval and control. Data scientists concentrate on the technical aspects of these problems in order to make massive data ready to be used. This project addresses two different questions:

(a) How can relevant information be obtained from these massive data, in order to elaborate explanatory models describing the evolution of different aspects of social ties?

(b) What are the possible ethical consequences of the application of Big Data analyses in the study of self-organized human actions?

We are interested in both, searching for traces of social information in raw data and studying the impact that this new situation has on social behavior. Our aim is to contribute to the construction of an interdisciplinary view of the relation between informational pattern correlations, available in Big Data, and the dynamics of social actions, bridging the social and the natural sciences.

Specifically, we will focus on the study of opinion dynamics and language evolution based on data issued from two very different media, on one hand a historical newspaper (the New York Times) and on the other a new online medium (Twitter).

Contact[edit | edit source]

For more detailed information on our E-lab please:

  • or contact us at opladyn@gmail.com

Name and institution of the local coordinators of the e-laboratory ==[edit | edit source]

  • Laura Hernandez | LPTM, CNRS-Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France (Project coordinator)
  • Maria Eunice Quilici-Gonzalez | University of São Paulo State (UNESP), Brazil
  • José-Ignacio Alvarez-Hamelin | Facultad de Ingenieria Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

list of the teams participating in the e-laboratory[edit | edit source]

  • French Team
   Principal Investigator:  Laura Hernandez,   LPTM UMR8089 CNRS-Université de Cergy-Pontoise email: Laura.Hernandez@u-cergy.fr
   Dimitiris Kotzinos ETIS, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, email:  Dimitrios.Kotzinos@u-cergy.fr
   Jean-Pierre Nadal LPS-ENS, CAMS, EHESS, email: jpnadal@ehess.fr 
   Benjamin Fagard  LATTICE laboratory, ENS, email:benjamin.fagard@ens.fr
   Thierry Poibeau LATTICE laboratory , ENS, email: thierry.poibeau@ens.fr
  • Brazilian Team
   Principal Investigator: Maria Eunice Quilici Gonzalez,  Faculty of Philosophy and Sciences – University of Sao Paulo State – UNESP, email: gonzalezquilici@gmail.com
   Mariana C. Broens, Faculty of Philosophy and Sciences – University of Sao Paulo State – UNESP, email: mariana.broens@gmail.com  

   Daniel Martinez  Avila,  Faculty of Philosophy and Sciences – University of Sao Paulo State – UNESP, email: dmartinezavila@gmail
   Anderson Vinicius Rimanini Role : School of Communication and Arts – University of Sao Paulo – USP, email: viniroma@gmail.com  
   Jose Artur Quilici Gonzalez Role :  Center of Mathematics, Computing and Cognition – Federal University  ABC – UFABC,    email: jose.gonzalez@ufabc.edu.br

  • Undergraduate Students
   Renata Silva Souza, technical trainee, Faculty of Philosophy and Sciences – University of Sao Paulo State – UNESP.

  • Argentinian Team
   Principal Investigator : José Ignacio Alvarez-Hamelin; Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Buenos  Aires, email: ihameli@cnet.fi.uba.ar
   Mariano G.Beiro : Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Buenos Aires, email: mbeiro@cnet.uba.ar
   Leonardo Ermann  : Theoretical Physics Dept. TANDAR, CNEA, and CONICET, email: ermann@tandar.cnea.gov.ar
   Lidia A. Braunstein, IFIMAR , Universidad de Mar del Plata, CONICET, email: lbrauns@mdp.edu.ar

e-laboratory Scientific Committee[edit | edit source]

(to be completed)

URL for the Website and/or Wiki of the e-laboratory[edit | edit source]


Grid, Cloud, or other network utilities to be used[edit | edit source]

in construction

Data and/or Tools to be shared[edit | edit source]

in construction

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