Computational Sociology at UCLA
The aim of the Computational Sociology Working Group (CompSoc) is to discover and practice the latest methods in computational sociology.
We encourage current computational social scientists to hone and add to their computational skills, while also introducing computational methods to faculty and students who have never used such methods in their research.
Our activities include: programming, software and data sessions, workshops for students' projects and fellowship applications, guest lectures, and a journal club.
Listserv: To suggest a meeting topic (e.g., programming in Python), workshop your project/proposal, or stay up to date with what we're doing, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Student coordinators of the CompSoc Working Group are: Bernard Koch, email@example.com, Ian Peacock, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Alina Arseniev-Koehler, email@example.com. Jacob Foster is our faculty sponsor.
CompSoc Reactor (Haines 108)
- Student coordinators' offices are in Haines 108.
- We have weekly open-hours in Haines 108 for students to drop by and work in the Reactor independently or collaboratively, or get assistance and support for computational sociology projects. For Winter 2019, Reactor office hours are Tuesdays 12:00-1:30. We're also always happy to help by appointment through-out the year.
- When students need extra RAM or access to software, they may use computers in the reactors. For bigger batch jobs, we recommend getting an account on the Hoffman2 server.
Winter 2019 Schedule:
- 1/22 Workshop: Project Brainstorming. 3:00 in Haines 108
- Bring an abstract of a CompSoc project idea to trade and get LOW KEY collective feedback/brainpower in small groups or pairs. Vague, crazy, sketchy, and idealistic project ideas are welcome! This could also be your chance to pitch an early-stage GRM/GSRM idea.
- 1/29 Chris Esposito (UCLA Geography): "The Evolution of Technical Knowledge Across Space and Time." 3:00 in Haines 279.
- 2/1 Workshop: GGMaps in R. 1:00 to 2:00 in Haines 215
- 2/28 Professor David Jurgens (University of Michigan Information and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science). Time/location TBD
- 3/7 Clara Hanson (UCLA Sociology). Time/location TBD
Fall 2018 Schedule:
- 9/17-9/21 Computational Social Science Bootcamp (CSSB)
- This 5-day, all day intensive workshop is designed to: 1) familiarize you with common methods and concepts used in computational social science, 2) provide a forum for collaborations and project development, and 3) help you develop your technical skills. No technical pre-requisites are expected. Priority application for UCLA Sociology graduate students is July 23. Please email Alina (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional information. 9:30-4:30, daily, in Pub Affairs 2278. See our boot camp page.
- 10/9 Workshop: Project Brainstorming. 10:30 in Haines 108.
- Bring an abstract of a CompSoc project idea to trade and get LOW KEY collective feedback/brainpower in small groups or pairs. Vague, crazy, sketchy, and idealistic project ideas are welcome! This could also be your chance to pitch an early-stage NSF idea.
- 10/16 Workshop: NSF Proposal Review. 10:30 in Haines 108.
- 11/13 Alina Arseniev-Koehler: "Measuring Stigma in Language, with Word2Vec and Human-Rating Data." 10:30 in Haines 215.
- 11/20 Bernard Koch. "A Theory of Macro-cultural Change." 10:30, in Haines 215.
- 12/5 Devin Cornell (UCSB Sociology). "Discursive Fields and Party Influence in Colombian Politics." 10:00 in Haines 279.
Spring 2018 Schedule:
- 4/18 Journal Club: "The spread of true and false news online." 10:30 in Haines 108.
- 4/25 Professor Pablo Suarez Serrato (UC Santa Barbara Mathematics and Instituto de Matemáticas UNAM): "Social Automation, Twitter bots and Human Rights." 10:30-12 in Haines 279.
- 5/16 Professor Amir Goldberg (Stanford Graduate School of Business). "Deciphering the Cultural Code: Cognition, Behavior, and the Interpersonal Transmission of Culture. 10:30-12 in Haines 279. "
- 5/30 Professor Carolyn Parkinson (UCLA Psychology). "Neural Encoding and Cognitive Consequences of Human Social Networks." 10:30-12 in Haines 279.
- 6/7 Professor John Levi Martin (University of Chicago Sociology). 5-6:30 in Haines 279, co-sponsored with Soc 237.
- 6/8 Workshop: Word2Vec Language Modeling for Social Science Applications. 10-12 in Haines 215. RSVP by emailing Alina at email@example.com.
Winter 2018 Schedule:
Wednesdays: Deep Learning Group. 1:30-2:30 in Haines 108.
- 1/17 Workshop: Intro to Text Analysis in Python. 10:30-12 in Haines 215.
- 1/20 Workshop: Statistical Programming in R. 12-2 in Haines 279.
- 1/24 Chris Esposito (UCLA Geography): "Innovation and Housing Prices: The Spatial Dimension of Knowledge Flow Networks". 10:30-12 in Haines 215.
- 1/31 Professor Daniele Silvestro (Gothenburg University Biological and Environmental Sciences): "Modeling the evoluton of (bio)diversity through origination, extinction, and migration processes." 10-11 in Haines 279.
- 2/2 Professor Neal Caren (UNC Chapel Hill Sociology): "Grande Resistance: Protest During the Trump Presidency." 10:30-12 in Haines 279, co-sponsored with MOMWG.
- 2/21 Workshop: Text Analysis from Scratch (as part of the UCLA Library Winter Workshop Series). 11:30-1:30 in the Young Research Library.
Fall 2017 Schedule:
- 10/16 Workshop: NSF Review. 10:30-12 in Haines 279.
- 11/1 Professor Hongjing Lu (UCLA Pychology): "Mining for Meaning: From Word2vec to Abstract Semantic Relations." 10:30-12 in Haines 279.
- 11/13 Planning the Computational Sociology Field Exam. 10:30-12 in Haines 279
- 11/20 Journal Club: "Human Decisions and Machine Predictions." 10:30-12 in Haines 279
- 11/27 Workshop: Summer Internships and Fellowships in CompSoc and Data Science. 10:30-12 in Haines 279.
- 11/29 Workshop: Python programming basics with applications to text data. 10:30-12 in Haines 279.