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We're pleased to announce the program for the 2nd Annual Politics and
Computational Social Science (PACSS) Conference to be held Wednesday August
28 @ Georgetown University.

Details are below and at 

Register for the conference at our registration page
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Registration is $50 before August 12, 2019 and $100 after that. *Seating is
limited, so please register early to ensure space*.  The conference
includes breakfast, lunch, coffee, snacks and a reception with bar and hors
d’ oeuvres.

Pew Research Center is pleased to host two parallel training workshops
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downtown D.C. These workshops will focus on two key areas: 1) natural
language (NLP) processing techniques and their application to social
science questions; and 2) deep learning techniques with applications to
image analysis for social scientists. Participants will be given hands-on
experience building and training models in these subject areas and will
also be able to meet members of Pew Research Center’s Data Labs team
< >. Workshops will run from
2pm to 5pm Tuesday August 27. Light snacks and coffee will be provided.
Cost per participant is $25.
Preliminary Conference Program: Wednesday, August 28, 2019

**Exact times subject to change - please check final schedule to be posted

*Welcoming Remarks*


*Networks < >  |  Social Media
< >  |  NLP
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*Methods in CSS < >  |  The News
< >  |  Image
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*Lunch & Business Meeting*


*IR < >  |  Journalism
< >  |  Video
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*Attitudes & Beliefs < >
|  Campaigns < >  |  Machine
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*Keynote Address: *Sandra González-Bailón, University of Pennsylvania
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*Poster Sessions & Reception*


   - *Legislative communication style: linking legislators across medium
   and message*
   Rachel Blum, Miami University
   - *Network Event History Analysis for Modeling Public Policy Adoption
   with Latent Diffusion Networks*
   Bruce Desmarais, Pennsylvania State University
   - *Target Policymaking Under the Frame of Dark Networks: Strengths,
   Weaknesses and Opportunities*
   Joseph Shaheen, George Mason University
   - *Failure to Communicate: Individual Reasoning Structure and
   Deliberative Outcomes*
   Sarah Shugars, Northeastern University

Social Media:

   - *Knowledge Decays: Temporal Validity in Online Social Science*
   Kevin Munger, Penn State University
   - *Social Media Markets for Survey Research in Comparative Contexts:
   Facebook Users in Kenya*
   Leah Rosenzweig, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST)
   - *The Influencer Ecosystem in the 2018 U.S. Primaries*
   Yotam Shmargad, University of Arizona
   - *Journalists on Twitter: Self-branding, Audiences, and Involvement of
   Onur Varol, Northeastern University


   - *A Bayesian Transition Network Topic Model for Inferring Conceptual
   Nick Beauchamp, Northeastern University
   - *The Mechanics of Emergent Political Voice*
   Amy Magnus, Air Force Institute of Technology
   - *Humans and Machines Learning Together*
   Stuart Shulman, Texifter
   - *The Digital Pulpit: A Nationwide Analysis of Online Sermons*
   Dennis Quinn, Pew Research Center

10:50am-12:05pmMethods in Conputational Social Science:

   - *311: What's Your Emergency?*
   Rebekah Getman, Northeastern University
   - *Shifting Sands: An Agent-Based Model of Mobilization Against a
   Central Authority*
   Soha Hammam, Claremont Graduate University
   - *Analyzing Link Sharing Across Platforms to Study Political Messaging
   and Ideology*
   Joshua Tucker, NYU
   - *Event Data with Images*
   Zachary Steinert-Threlkeld, UCLA

The News:

   - *The Distorting Prism of Social Media: How Online Comments Amplify
   Jin Woo Kim, Dartmouth College
   - *Affective Polarization in Online Uncivil Comments*
   Yujin Kim, University of Texas at Austin
   - *Nationalized news: using large-scale collections of close captions
   text to identify national network stories in local news broadcasts*
   Pavel Oleinikov, Wesleyan University
   - *Measuring the European public sphere across multiple languages*
   Maurits van der Veen, College of William & Mary


   - *Ideological Scaling of Political Images*
   Jason Anastasopoulos, University of Georgia
   - *Using Computer Vision to Capture the Collective Perception of a
   Laura Nelson, Northeastern University
   - *How do Machines See Gender? Demystifying a machine vision system*
   Emma Remy, Pew Research Center
   - *Do Women Candidates “Run as Women” Online? An Automated Image and
   Text Analysis of Campaign Advertising on Facebook and TV*
   Jielu Yao, Wesleyan University & University of Iowa


   - *Text-Based Approaches to Analyzing Group Behavior in Conflict Setting*
   Margaret Foster, Duke University
   - *Where the money blows – Using speeches to identify the effect of
   Chinese foreign aid on the US-African relationship structure*
   Dennis Hammerschmidt, University of Mannheim
   - *Detecting Foreign Influence Operations’ Content on Social Media*
   Meysam Alizadeh, Princeton University
   - *Measuring a Threat Perception: Text Analysis of the Speech Records of
   the United Nations Security Council, 1994-2019*
   Takuto Sakamoto, University of Tokyo


   - *Systematic biases in local news search results: an audit study*
   Sean Fischer, University of Pennsylvania
   - *Can Digital Literacy Save Us from Fake News? Evidence from the U.S.*
   Andy Guess, Princeton University
   - *Online Information Seeking during the 2018 U.S. Congressional
   Ronald Robertson, Northeastern University
   - *How Does the Media Environment Affect Readership? Evidence from an
   App Patient-Preferred Trial in Italy*
   Alessandro Vecchiato, Stanford


   - *Automated Coding of Political Campaign Advertisement Videos: A
   Validation Study*
   Wonjoon Hwang, Harvard University
   - *Comparing Human and Machine Classification of Written and Video
   Records of Parliamentary Debates*
   Christopher Cochrane, University of Toronto
   - *How Online Propaganda Radicalizes Foreign Citizens*
   Tamar Mitts, Columbia University
   - *Mapping Extremist Networks with Visual Imagery*
   Rob Williams, UNC Chapel Hill

3:00pm-4:15pmAttitudes & Beliefs:

   - *Religiosity and Public Policy in Congress: Analyzing the partisan
   dimensions of legislators’ religious rhetoric*
   Sarah Dreier, University of Washington
   - *Gender Norms and Violent Behavior in a Virtual World*
   Eric Dunford, Georgetown University
   - *Ecologies of Online Contention: From Hate to Health*
   Neil Johnson, George Washington University
   - *Can Celebrities Reduce Prejudice? The Effect of Mohamed Salah on
   Islamophobic Attitudes and Behaviors*
   Alexandra Siegel, Stanford University


   - *Downsian Convergence on Non-Policy Issues: Evidence from Campaign
   Manifestos at French Legislative Elections*
   Caroline Le Pennec, University of California, Berkeley
   - *The Supply and Demand of Fact v. Opinion in Presidential Tweets*
   Stan Oklobdzija, Claremont McKenna College
   - *From Home Base to Swing States: Spatio-temporal Analysis of Political
   Advertising Strategies*
   Piotr Sapiezynski, Northeastern University
   - *Pandering Politicians: Ideological Changes from Primary to General
   Ye Wang, New York University

Machine Learning:

   - *Automated Visual Clustering: A Technique for Image Corpus Exploration
   and Annotation Cost Reduction*
   Kevin Aslett, University of Washington
   - *Active Learning for Probabilistic Record Linkage*
   Ted Enamorado, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
   - *Data-driven causal inference for applications in political economy*
   Daniel Malinsky, Johns Hopkins University
   - *A Computational Social Science Approach to Financial Regulation*
   Sharyn O'Halloran, Columbia University

David Lazer

University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer and
Information Science, Northeastern University
Co-Director, NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks: 
Visiting Scholar, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard

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