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I am running the *Big Data Analysis for Social Scientists* 5-day course 
as part of the ACSPRI Summer Program 2017 
(, 6-10 February 2017 at 
the University of Melbourne.

This course introduces provides an introduction to the collection and 
analysis of socially-generated 'big data' using the R statistical 
software, Gephi network visualisation software and the VOSON hyperlink 
network analysis tool. The main focus is on programmatic approaches for 
collecting and analysing big data from social media and the WWW. The 
course also provides an opportunity for you to learn how these data and 
techniques are being used in social science research.  The course 
involves the use of the SocialMediaLab R package for collecting data 
from Facebook, Twitter and Youtube via free APIs, and constructing 
datasets ready for network and text analysis.

The *early-bird discount* closes this coming *Wednesday 30th November*!

It is preferable that students already have some familiarity with social 
network analysis and/or R via, for example, one of the other ACSPRI 
courses.  However, students without this background have successfully 
completed the course.  Please contact me if would like more information 
or if you are unsure whether your background is appropriate.

You can find details on previously run workshops here:

Course page:


Dr Robert Ackland
Associate Professor, School of Sociology and ANU Centre for Social 
Research and Methods
Leader, Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks (VOSON) Lab 
Australian National University

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