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Quantitative Text Analysis (TCD 2016)

Meeting times 5 February, 12 February, 11 March, 18 March.Course Handout Short Outline The course surveys methods for systematically extracting quantitative information from political text for social scientific purposes, starting with classical content analysis and dictionary-based methods, to classification methods, and state-of-the-art scaling methods and topic models for estimating quantities from text using statistical techniques.

Data Mining and Statistical Learning

2015, Trinity College, Dublin, Department of Political ScienceInstructor: Prof Kenneth Benoit, LSEDetails: Class meets MONDAYS in Feb-March from 14:00 – 16:30, with one exception on Day 2 (see below)

How to install the R package topicmodels on OS X

Many people have reported problems when attempting to install the R package `topicmodels` on R when using OS X Mavericks or Yosemite. The problem is that the binaries are not yet built for these versions of OS X, and you need additional software installed in order to build the source.

The Quantitative Analysis of Textual Data (NYU Fall 2014)

Sponsored by: NYU Department of Politics 2014pdf version of Course handoutInstructor: Prof Kenneth Benoit, LSEDetails: Class meets TUESDAYS 10:00 – 11:50 in Room 217Note: As the class proceeds, I will add resources (slides, R code, text datasets, problem sets) to each session below.

How to batch convert pdf files to text

Frequently I am asked: I have a bunch of pdf files, how can I convert them to plain text so that analyze them using quantitative techniques? Here is my recommendation.

Quantitative Text Analysis 2E, Essex 2014

Quantitative Text Analysis 2EEssex Summer School 2014Course handoutInstructor: Prof Kenneth Benoit, LSETA: Dr. Paul Nulty, LSEDay 1: Quantitative text analysis overview and fundamentalsslides demonstration .
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Quantitative Text Analysis (TCD)

Short Outline The course surveys methods for systematically extracting quantitative information from text for social scientific purposes, starting with classical content analysis and dictionary-based methods, to classification methods, and state-of-the-art scaling methods and topic models for estimating quantities from text using statistical techniques.

Quantitative Text Analysis 2F, Essex 2013

Quantitative Text Analysis 2FEssex Summer School 2013Instructor: Prof Kenneth Benoit, LSETAs: Dr. Paul Nulty, LSE; Petra Martina Baumann, U. SalzburgCourse handoutDay 1:Introduction and Issues in Quantitative Text Analysis
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MY560: Unsupervised Text Scaling Methods

Here are the slides and files from my “Unsupervised Text Scaling Methods” workshop in our MY560 series from June 11, 2013.Slides here Lab Exercise here Files for lab exercise: the amicus briefs and the Irish 2010 budget speeches

MY560: Supervised Methods for Classifying and Scaling Texts

Here are the slides and files from my “Introduction to Supervised Methods for Classifying and Scaling Texts” workshop in our MY560 series from May 28, 2013.Slides here Lab Exercise here Files for lab exercise: Movie Reviews and the amicus briefs

ME104 Linear Regression Analysis, 2012

ME104 Linear Regression Analysis Professor Kenneth BenoitLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceCourse Handout as pdfObjectives and Learning Outcomes This course focuses on building a greater understanding, theoretical underpinning, and tools for applying the linear regression model and its generalizations.

Computer-Assisted Text Analysis, Essex 2012

Computer-Assisted Text AnalysisEssex Summer SchoolProf Kenneth Benoit, LSEDr. Paul Nulty, LSENOTE: Krippendorf 3rd ed. text is now available from the summer school office!Course handout

Job listing: Research Officer in Quantitative Text Analysis

Job opening: Research Officer in Quantitative Text AnalysisDuration: 24 months Start Date: 1 March 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter Salary: £31,998 – £38,737 p.a. incl.Applications are invited for the post of Research Officer, to assist with a principal research officer for the European Research Council funded grant Quantitative Text Analysis for the Social Sciences (QUANTESS).

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Technical questions

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Just finished teaching at the Essex Summer School in Data Analysis, Session 1. Got a lot of technical questions from my class…Technical questions

Computer-Assisted Text Analysis (Essex Summer School)

This concerns the short course I am teaching at the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis, University of Essex, from 11-22 July 2011.Course handout (syllabus)Day 1: Introduction to Computer-Assisted TextAnalysis

EUI Multi-Level Models Course

An Introduction to Multi-Level Models (Using Stata) European University Institute, May 23–27, 2011Professor Kenneth BenoitMethodology Institute, London School of Economicshttps://www.kenbenoit.net/mlm/Course handout here.Readings are available from Mark Franklin’s Dropbox account for this course.

CEU Computerized Text Course Announcements

This post concerns the short course I am teaching at Central European University, Budapest from 14-21 April 2011. Stay tuned to this post for future announcements.The course handout (syllabus) is available here.

Principles of Comparative Research Week 7 Outline Guidelines

On Friday, November 12 your five-page (maximum) outline of your research proposal is due.In brief: This is designed to be a shorter version of your final assignment research proposal, providing a more summary version of the project will propose in fuller form at the end of the term.

So you want to get a PhD in Political Science ...

This is painfully funny… if completely, ahem, unfounded.

European Political Science Association

The recently formed European Political Science Association has just issued a call for papers for its 1st Annual General Conference, to be held in Dublin, Ireland from June 16-18, 2011. The conference takes place in the excellent Guinness Storehouse Conference Centre.

Next stop: London School of Economics and Political Science

I’ve accepted a position at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where I will be Professor and Head of the Methodology Institute from January 2011.My workplace from Jan 2011

My pre-first round Hungarian forecast judged the most accurate

You have to be able to read Hungarian, but here is the story:“ A Republikoné és a Századvégé volt a legpontosabb mandátumbecslés”Don’t read Hungarian? Try http://translate.google.ie/?hl=en&tab=wT#hu en .

Hungary's Fidesz will win a Two-Thirds Majority of Seats on April 25

My forecast of the final parliamentary seat distribution for the Hungarian elections is the following:Fidesz: 264 seats (68.4%)MSZP: 58 seats (15%)Jobbik: 48 seats (12.4%)LMP: 16 seats (4.

Hungary's Fidesz will win a Two-Thirds Majority of Seats on April 25

My forecast of the final parliamentary seat distribution for the Hungarian elections is the following:Fidesz: 264 seats (68.4%)MSZP: 58 seats (15%)Jobbik: 48 seats (12.4%)LMP: 16 seats (4.

Field seminar B 2009-2010, Spring Weeks 6 and 7

NOTE: Week 6 will be a double-length session, since Week 7 clashes with the Political Economy mini-conference. As a result, there is no field seminar meeting on Mar 12. Instead, the Week 6 (Feb 26) will last from 9-13:00.

Statistical haiku

See Keisuke Hirano’s Haiku page. Here is one of my favorites:T-stat looks too good.Use robust standard errors–significance gone.

Field seminar B 2009-2010, Spring Weeks 1 and 2

Interviewing techniques for academic research, Dr. Jacqueline HaydenFriday January 22nd and 29thLocation: Room 3131 Arts Block (Podcast/Video Recording and playback facility)Time: 9-11 am and 12-1pmNote: Room 3131 is booked by the English Dept.

Field seminar B 2009-2010, Week 10

The Michigan Model, Professor Michael MarshThis is classically presented in A. Cambell et al The American Voter, which is available via Google online. Critical chapters are 2, 6 and 7.

Field Seminar B 2009-2010, Weeks 8-9

Week 8: The impact of referendums (MG)Lawrence LeDuc, T_he Politics of Global Democracy: referendums in global perspective_. Peterborough Ontario: Broadview Press, 2003Matt Qvortrup, A_ Comparative Study of Referendums: Government by the People_, 2nd ed (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2005).

Field Seminar B 2009-2010, Weeks 5-6

Week 5 : (30 Oct) Raj Chari: Interest Groups in the EUFrank Baumgartner and Beth L. Leech. 2001. “Interest Niches and Policy Bandwagons: Patterns of Interest Group Involvement in National Politics.

Field Seminar B, 2009-2010, PhD

The Field Seminar B course handout is available here, although we are still working out the content and some of the topics for later sessions.The first four weeks look like this:

Update on unlocking iPhones

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The best way to unlock modern iPhones using the most recent Apple firmwares is to use RedSn0w. Here is a guide for unlocking the 2G iPhones (such as mine). If you want to unlock a 3G or 3GS, you need to jailbreak the phone first using RedSn0w, and then unlock it using UltraSn0w, the unlocking tool for iPhone 3G.

Political Science Impact Ranking to be Published

The paper I wrote last year with Michael Marsh, “ A Relative Impact Ranking of Political Studies in Ireland will be published in the 3rd issue of Economic and Social Review.

CMP error dataset page now up

I’ve just posted, somewhat late, the full replication materials and error dataset from:Kenneth Benoit, Slava Mikhaylov, and Michael Laver. 2009. “ Treating Words as Data with Error: Uncertainty in Text Statements of Policy Positions.

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The power of simulation

This is very close to what we do in statistical sciences!Success through simulation

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On Causality

And this from the Matrix Reloaded (the best scene and dialogue of the film by far):Merovingian: You see, there is only one constant, one universal, it is the only real truth: causality.

How to set proxy settings for R (Mac OSX)

I run R behind a firewall, and found it tricky to set the proxy settings for R so that I could directly install packages, access outside data using load(url()), etc. The solution lies in the http_proxy environment variable.
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PhD Scholarships in Political Science at Trinity College Dublin

Fully-funded studentships are available for study in the PhD programme in Political Science at Trinity College Dublin, paying tuition plus a stipend of up to €15,000 per year.Application for this financial support is automatically considered as part of the normal admissions process.

Data Analysts Captivated by R's Power

Here’s a recent article published in the New York Times about R, the freely available statistical package:“Data Analysts Captivated by R’s Power”By ASHLEE VANCEPublished: January 7, 2009

Data Analysts Captivated by R’s Power

Here’s a recent article published in the New York Times about R, the freely available statistical package:“Data Analysts Captivated by R’s Power”By ASHLEE VANCEPublished: January 7, 2009

Social scientists use real data

Here’s a good one from http://www.phdcomics.com for all you PhD students:

Spring 2009 course information now posted

I have now added the detailed course outlines to my web page for the courses I am teaching in Spring 2009. These are:Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (MSc) Quantitative Methods II (PhD)

MSc Modules on Electoral, Party Systems

As promised I have now posted the presentations from the weeks in Government Institutions. These are in pdf format so should be readable by everyone. Note that you must be on the local TCD network (or using the VPN or proxy server) to access these files.

TCD political science on a par with 'best of Britain';

Michael Marsh and I have just finalized our comparative assessment of the research output an impact of political studies scholars in Ireland. This exercise compares citation measures for all permanent, full-time academic staff in eight Irish politics departments (in the Republic and in Northern Ireland).

TCD political science on a par with 'best of Britain';

Michael Marsh and I have just finalized our comparative assessment of the research output an impact of political studies scholars in Ireland. This exercise compares citation measures for all permanent, full-time academic staff in eight Irish politics departments (in the Republic and in Northern Ireland).

Validation of Google Scholar as an Impact Measure for Political Science

One interesting side finding of the citations data from my paper with Michael Marsh was the cross-validation, throuch comparison with other measures, of the results from Google Scholar compared to other bibliographic indexes.

PO7003 Field Seminar A in Political Science – 2008-09

Note: The latest version of the course handout is available from http://www.tcd.ie/Political_Science/postgraduate/phdtaught.php. That version lacks the hyperlinks to the readings below, however.The meeting time and place is Friday 10-13:00, College Green 4, starting 3 October 2008.

Who should be included in and who should author scholarly impact assessments?

”Everyone heading for the top / But tell me how far is it from the bottom / Everybody want to go to heaven / But nobody want to die. “ Peter Tosh

Ranking of Politics Scholarship in Ireland

Updated: 4 June 2008The preliminary version of a paper that profiles departments and ranks the top scholars working in Ireland on politics, government, and international relations according to scholarly impact (measured by citations) has now been posted for comments at http://www.

How to get an iPhone working on Meteor Ireland

This is my experience with getting an iPhone working with Ireland’s Meteor network. Currently the iPhone is only available from O2, and only with an 18-month service contract. I have been using a simple, pay-as-you-go plan from Meteor and wanted to use that in an iPhone.

Readings for March 7 – Campaign Finance

March 7 – Campaign Finance and the Effects of Spending Required:Jacobson, Gary C. 1978. “The Effects of Campaign Spending in Congressional Elections.'American Political Science Review 72 (June): 469-91.

Readings for Field Sem. B – Autumn 2007

Week 2: Electoral System Origins Colomer, Josep M. (2004). “The Strategy and History of Electoral System Choice”. In Josep M. Colomer (Ed.), Handbook of Electoral System Choice, pp. 3-78. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Course-related discussions

This will be a place for posting announcements (and comments) related to courses I teach.

New web page

I have now completed moving my old web page to the new server, and it now has a completely new look, feel, and function as well. The use of WordPress allows posts and comments, which I welcome on any topic.