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Scott Counts

Principal Researcher

About

I am a Principal Researcher in the Nexus Group, working in the area of computational social science. My work focuses on applying insights from analyses of large scale naturalistic data to problems of interest to society.

Current application focus areas include health (predicting depression from social data), policy (predicting policy change based on constituent ideology), and macroeconomics (modeling and predicting unemployment from novel data).

 

Projects

DSoAP – Distributed Social Analytics Platform

Established: June 1, 2015

The Distributed Social Analytics Platform (DSoAP) project is focused on the “Huge Data” problem in social policy research caused by the breadth of data involved. Using aggregate social media data to investigate and validate social issues (such as employment, health and fiscal policy) requires analyzing many months or years of data. DSoAP is applying intelligent compaction, pre-indexing and distribution of data across a server cluster to achieve responsive query times for online data exploration.

Discussion Graph Tool

Established: April 25, 2014

Discussion Graph Tool (DGT) is an easy-to-use analysis tool that provides a domain-specific language extracting co-occurrence relationships from social media and automates the tasks of tracking the context of relationships and other best practices. DGT provides a single-machine implementation, and also generates map-reduce-like programs for distributed, scalable analyses. DGT simplifies social media analysis by making it easy to extract high-level features and co-occurrence relationships from raw data. With just 3-4 simple lines of script, you…

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