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SICSS-Konstanz [POSTPONED]

July 19 to July 31, 2020 | University of Konstanz | Konstanz, Germany

Schedule & Materials

Sunday July 19, 2020
  • Opening dinner

Monday July 20, 2020 - Introduction and Inference in Computational Social Science (Carsten Schwemmer, Peter Selb, Julian Schüssler)
  • 9:00 - 9:15 Logistics

  • 9:15 - 9:30 Introduction of participants

  • 9:30 - 10:00 Introduction to SICSS

  • 10:00 - 10:30 Inference in (Computational) Social Science: Measurement, Explanation, Generalization

  • 10:30 - 10:45 Coffee break

  • 10:45 - 11:30 Causal Graphs: From paths to d-separation

  • 11:30 - 12:30 Causal Graphs: Identification and biases

  • 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

  • 1:30 - 3:45 Group exercise: Causal Mediation in graphs and in data

  • 3:45 - 4:00 Break

  • 4:00 - 5:30 Guest speaker: t.b.a

Tuesday July 21, 2020 - Collecting digital trace data (Carsten Schwemmer)
  • 9:00 - 9:15 Logistics

  • 9:15 - 09:45 What is digital trace data?

  • 09:45 - 10:30 Web scraping

  • 10:30 - 10:45 Coffee break

  • 10:45 - 12:00 Application Programming Interfaces

  • 12:00 - 12:30 Building apps and bots for social science research

  • 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

  • 1:30 - 3:45 Group exercise

  • 3:45 - 4:00 Break

  • 4:00 - 5:30 Guest speaker: t.b.a.

Wednesday July 22, 2020 - Text as Data (Carsten Schwemmer)
  • 9:00 - 9:15 Logistics

  • 9:15 - 10:10 Basics of quantitative text analysis

  • 10:10 - 10:30 Dictionary-based text analysis

  • 10:30 - 10:45 Coffee break

  • 10:45 - 11:30 Classifiers

  • 11:30 - 12:30 Structural topic models

  • 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

  • 1:30 - 3:45 Group exercise

  • 3:45 - 4:00 Break

  • 4:00 - 5:30 Guest speaker: t.b.a

Thursday July 23, 2020 - Measurement (Susumu Shikano)
  • 9:00 - 9:15 Logistics

  • 9:15 - 10:00 Basics of measurement and the classical test theory

  • 10:00 - 10:30 Item response theory

  • 10:30 - 10:45 Coffee break

  • 10:45 - 11:30 Asking questions

  • 11:30 - 12:30 Estimating latent traits

  • 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

  • 1:30 - 3:45 Group exercise

  • 3:45 - 4:00 Break

  • 4:00 - 5:30 Guest speaker: t.b.a

Friday July 24, 2020 - Generalization of study results (Peter Selb)
  • 9:00 - 9:15 Logistics

  • 9:15 - 10:15 Conceptual foundations: total error approach and selection graphs

  • 10:15 - 10:30 Coffee break

  • 10:30 - 11:45 Adjustment strategies 1: regression, propensity socres, poststratification

  • 11:45 - 12:30 Adjustment strategies 2: machine learning and other current approaches

  • 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

  • 1:30 - 3:45 Group exercise

  • 3:45 - 4:00 Break

  • 4:00 - 5:30 Guest speaker: Annelies Blom

Saturday July 25, 2020 - Online experiments on digital media channels (Karsten Donnay, Philipp Kling)
  • 9:00 - 9:15 Logistics

  • 9:15 - 10:15 State-of-the-art of online experiments on digital media

  • 10:15 - 10:30 Coffee break

  • 10:30 - 12:00 Designing and running online experiments

  • Afternoon off

Sunday July 26, 2020 - Day off
Monday July 27, 2020 - Work on group projects
  • 9:00 - 9:15 Logistics

  • 9:15 - 10:30 Speed-dating and group formation

  • 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

  • 1:30 - 3:00 Guest lecture: t.b.a

Tuesday July 28, 2020 - Work on group projects
  • 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

  • 1:30 - 3:00 Guest lecture: t.b.a

Wednesday July 29, 2020 - Work on group projects
  • 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

Thursday July 30, 2020 - Present group projects
  • 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

  • 6:00 - 7:30 Closing dinner

Friday July 31, 2020
  • Participants depart

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