Jakab Buda gave a presentation at the CEU Doctoral Students Conference in Vienna

2024.04.17. Presentation The layers of political public sphere in Hungary (2001–2020)

Jakab Buda, member of our research centre, gave a presentation at the CEU Doctoral Student Conference in Vienna on 17 April 2024, in connection with his doctoral research, entitled “The language of power – a machine learning based quantitative content analysis of 20 years of political discourse in the Hungarian parliament.” Abstracts and other presentations are available at the link below.

Renáta Németh’s book “The sociological possibilities of automated text processing” has been published and is available as e-learning material

2024.04.03. Publication Data Science in Social Research

The book “The Sociological Possibilities of Automated Text Processing” by Renáta Németh is published and available as an e-learning material by Savaria University Press. The book presents the increasingly popular “text as data” approach of recent years, allowing insight into the sociological applications of natural language processing through research conducted in our research group since 2018. The uniqueness of the book lies in the fact that, although there are excellent resources available to explain the technical aspects of NLP, the experiences and challenges in social research are less frequently discussed. The problems discussed in the book are embedded in a century-old research paradigm, and the issues raised are thus substantially different from those of computer science or industrial applications.

The book is available here (in Hungarian).

Eszter Katona presented her research co-authored by Renáta Németh at the EDC 2024 conference in Warsaw

2024.03.01. Presentation The layers of political public sphere in Hungary (2001–2020)

Our research group member Eszter Katona was in Warsaw on 3 March, 2024, where she successfully presented her research at the EDC 2024 (Elections – Democracy – Crisis) conference (co-authored by Renáta Németh, supported by the New National Excellence Programme and the recently completed NKFIH-K research of our research group). Her presentation’s title was „Unveiling Geopolitical Shifts: The Evolution of the Carpathian Basin Discourse in Hungarian Parliament (1998-2020)”.

Zsófia Rakovics and Hana Syla gave a presentation at the “20 Months After the Russian Invasion in Ukraine” international conference in Bucharest

2023.11.09. Presentation

Hana Syla and Zsófia Rakovics, as co-authors and as student and teacher, attended the “20 Months After the Russian Invasion in Ukraine. What Has Been Done, What Needs to Be Done in the Near Future, What Can Be Learned from the Past?” international conference on the topic of “Ukrainian Refugees – Political Communication and Public Perceptions”. The conference took place in Bucharest, Romania from 9 to 11 November, 2023.

The programme can be dowloaded from here.

Renáta Németh and Zsófia Rakovics gave a presentation at the SciComp23 conference

2023.11.07. Presentation The layers of political public sphere in Hungary (2001–2020)

The newly established Institute of Scientific Computing held its first SciComp23 conference on 7-8 November 2023 in Budapest. Our research group was also represented at the conference by Zsófia Rakovics and Renáta Németh, who gave a presentation entitled “Some sociological applications of natural language processing”.

Márton Rakovics gave a presentation at the University of Osijek

2023.09.18. Presentation The layers of political public sphere in Hungary (2001–2020)

On 15 September 2023, Márton Rakovics, a member of our Research Centre (ELTE RC2S2), gave a lecture in English on the social science applications of natural language processing at the Faculty of Law, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, in Croatia. In his presentation, he introduced the most important text analytical methods used in computational social science and showed some of the results from RC2S2’s research project titled The layers of political public sphere in Hungary (2001–2020) funded by NKFIH (K-134428).

Conference poster presented at the 9th IC2S2 conference by Zsófia Rakovics and Márton Rakovics

2023.07.20. Presentation The layers of political public sphere in Hungary (2001–2020)

Two members of our research center took part in the 9. International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2) in Denmark. The event is organized by the University of Copenhagen in the Maersk Tower between 17-20th of July. Below we share some photos of the conference venue and atmosphere.

Zsófia Rakovics and Márton Rakovics presented a poster on language- and political polarization of parliamentary speeches between 1998 and 2020. The examined corpus is related to the research of RC2S2, that is part of an NRCS-funded project The layers of political public sphere in Hungary (2001-2020).

Additional information:

The conference program is available here

Zsófia Rakovics gave a presentation at the ISA World Congress of Sociology in Melbourne

2023.06.30. Presentation The layers of political public sphere in Hungary (2001–2020)

Zsófia Rakovics gave az online presentation at the ISA (International Sociological Association) World Congress organised in Melbourne between 25th June – 1st July, 2023. The title of the presentation was Investigating Language- and Political Polarization through Two Decades of Parliamentary Speeches.

More details:

Abstract is available here

The conference’s site

Zsófia Rakovics gave a presentation at the ISA World Congress of Sociology in Melbourne

2023.06.30. Presentation The layers of political public sphere in Hungary (2001–2020)

Zsófia Rakovics gave an online presentation at the ISA (International Sociological Association) World Congress organised in Melbourne between 25th June – 1st July, 2023. The title of the presentation was Investigating Dynamic Social Networks of Politicians Constructed By the Similarity of Their Speeches.

More details:

Abstract is available here

The conference’s site

Renáta Németh gave a presentation at the ISA World Congress of Sociology in Melbourne

2023.06.30. Presentation The layers of political public sphere in Hungary (2001–2020)

Renáta Németh gave az online presentation at the ISA (International Sociological Association) World Congress organised in Melbourne between 25th June – 1st July, 2023. The title of the presentation is The language of discrimination: Assessing attention discrimination by Hungarian local governments using machine learning, the authors were Renáta Németh (ELTE TáTK RC2S2), Jakab Buda (ELTE TáTK RC2S2) and Bori Simonovits (ELTE PPK).

More details:

Abstract is available here

The conference’s site

Ildikó Barna gave a presentation at the ISA World Congress of Sociology in Melbourne

2023.06.30. Presentation The layers of political public sphere in Hungary (2001–2020)

Ildikó Barna gave az online presentation at the ISA (International Sociological Association) World Congress organised in Melbourne between 25th June – 1st July, 2023. The title of the presentation is Examining the Different Political Sides’ Memorialization of Using Tools of Natural Language Processing and Narrative Psychology, the authors were Ildikó Barna (ELTE TáTK RC2S2), Renáta Németh (ELTE TáTK RC2S2), Tibor Pólya (ELKH TTK, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, Narrative and Historical Psychology Research Group) and Réka Berbekár (ELTE TáTK).

More details:

The abstract is available here

The conference’s site

Ildikó Barna gave a presentation at the EuMePo (European Memory Politics) Jean Monnet Network conference organised in Budapest

2023.06.15. Presentation The layers of political public sphere in Hungary (2001–2020)

Ildikó Barna gave a presentation titled “An analysis on the framing of Trianon and the Holocaust in Hungary using Natural Language Processing” at the EuMePo (European Memory Politics) Jean Monnet Network conference  on 15th June, 2023, Budapest, co-authored by Árpád Knap. In their research, they examined the discursive framing of Trianon and the Holocaust in today’s Hungarian online media. Their corpus contained 26,519 articles connected to these two historical events published between September 2017 and September 2020. They used a mixed-method approach by combining LDA (Latent Dirichlet Allocation) topic models and qualitative methods. Their aim was not only to map the latent thematic structure and the discourses about Trianon and the Holocaust but also to identify the main differences in the rhetoric of the different sides of the political spectrum. They identified many discursive differences between the rhetoric of the different political sides. Yet, the different relationship to emotions has the most far-reaching consequences. In the far-right and progovernment media, emotions play an essential role, while the rhetoric featured in the nongovernment media, detaches itself from emotions.

Ildikó Barna’s work was supported by the K-134428 NKFIH grant, and Árpád Knap’s work was supported by the EuMePo Jean Monnet Network (Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union) and NKFIH New National Excellence Program.

Renáta Németh gave a presentation at the EuMePo (European Memory Politics) Jean Monnet Network conference organised in Budapest

2023.06.15. Presentation The layers of political public sphere in Hungary (2001–2020)

Renáta Németh gave a presentation titled “Who knows it better? The task of detecting discrimination using human coding vs. text mining” at the EuMePo (European Memory Politics) Jean Monnet Network conference  on 15th June, 2023, Budapest. The co-authors were Jakab Buda and Bori Simonovits. In their study they assess the responsiveness of Hungarian local governments to requests for information by Roma and non-Roma clients, relying on a nationwide email study that applied a randomized controlled trial design. Two methods were used in parallel to evaluate the response emails in parallel: traditional qualitative coding and machine learning (ML). Both methods provided evidence of attention discrimination. Our ML models worked significantly better compared to random classification, confirming the differential treatment of Roma clients. The most important predictors showed that the answers sent to ostensibly Roma clients are not only shorter, but their tone is less polite and more reserved, supporting the idea of attention discrimination. A higher level of attention discrimination is detectable against male senders, and in smaller settlements.

The study showed that it is possible to detect discrimination in textual data in an automated way without human coding, and that ML may detect linguistic features of discrimination that human coders may not recognize. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, the study is the first attempt to assess discrimination using ML techniques.

Renáta Németh’s and Jakab Buda’s work was supported by the K-134428 NKFIH grant, and Bori Simonovits’s work was supported by the FK-12798 NKFIH grant.

Zsófia Rakovics gave a presentation at the EuMePo (European Memory Politics) Jean Monnet Network conference organised in Budapest

2023.06.15. Presentation The layers of political public sphere in Hungary (2001–2020)

Zsófia Rakovics gave a presentation titled “Memory politics – Different issues and political communication strategies in the Hungarian Parliament” at the EuMePo (European Memory Politics) Jean Monnet Network conference  on 15th June, 2023, Budapest. The motivation of the research is to analyze the themes of memory politics and the dynamics of their occurrence in the Hungarian National Assembly and reveal the communication strategies of political parties. The corpus under study contains parliamentary speeches from 1998 to 2020, hundreds of thousands of texts. In addition to the transcripts, metadata is also available; including the date, type, length of the speeches, the name and party of the speakers, which are used for the analysis. The research is conducted by using natural language processing tools, relying on automated quantitative analysis of large amounts of textual data. The study takes an exploratory approach, uses structural topic models (STMs) to investigate the emergence and dynamics of different memory politics related themes. This method simultaneously identifies thematic text clusters, and communication patterns, while capturing semantic and syntactic features. The modeling is performed in two steps: first, for the whole corpus, and second, for the speeches that most typically belong to the topic of memory politics. In both models, time is handled as an explanatory variable in the analysis, considering temporal variation and dynamics. In the data-driven analysis, the memory policy strategies of parliamentary parties, and their changes over time can be investigated on the speeches.

The results point to the political communication turnaround in 2010, highlighting the difference between the language before and after 2010. This year marks a turning point for almost all parties, both in terms of general discourse and in terms of the political themes of memory. The results also confirm the preliminary assumptions for each parliamentary party, illustrating the differences in their memory politics and communication mechanisms.

The author’s work was supported by ÚNKP and she also got non-financial supporter from the NKFIH grant K-134428.

Németh, Renáta; Sik, Domonkos; Zaboretzky, Bendegúz and Katona, Eszter (2023): Depression in times of a pandemic – the impact of COVID-19 on the lay discourses of e-mental health communities

2023.06.15. Publication Discursive framing of depression in online health communities

The article by Renáta Németh, Domonkos Sik, Bendegúz Zaboretzky and Eszter Katona entitled “Depression in times of a pandemic – the impact of COVID-19 on the lay discourses of e-mental health communities” was published in the journal Information, Communication & Society.

Németh, Renáta and Koltai, Júlia (2023): Natural language processing: The integration of a new methodological paradigm into sociology

2023.06.15. Publication The layers of political public sphere in Hungary (2001–2020)

Renáta Németh and Júlia Koltai’s article entitled “Natural language processing: the integration of a new methodological paradigm into sociology” was published inthe journal Intersections: East European Journal of Society and Politics. Renáta Németh, one of the authors of the article, wrote the article with the support of our NKFIH research, as a methodological basis for the research.

Katona, Eszter and Németh, Renáta (2023): Carpathian Basin-related topics in Hungarian parliamentary speeches. A concept related to Hungary’s self-definition Katona, Eszter and Németh, Renáta (2023): Carpathian Basin-related topics in Hungarian parliamentary speeches. A concept related to Hungary’s self-definition

2023.02.11. Presentation The layers of political public sphere in Hungary (2001–2020)

Eszter Katona and Renáta Németh gave a presentation entitled ” Carpathian Basin-related topics in Hungarian parliamentary speeches. A concept related to Hungary’s self-definition ” at the CENTRAL Workshop: Notion and Construction of Victimhood in Central East and Southeast Europe, held in Vienna, 8-11 February 2023.

Németh, Renáta (2022): A scoping review on the use of natural language processing in research on political polarization: trends and research prospects

2022.11.29. Publication The layers of political public sphere in Hungary (2001–2020)

Renáta Németh published her results in the Journal of Computational Social Science with the following title: “A scoping review on the use of natural language processing in research on political polarization: trends and research prospects”.

Members of our research group at the Hungarian Sociological Association’s annual meeting

2022.10.18. Presentation
Between 14th and 15th October, 2022, many members of the ELTE RC2S2 research group had given lectures or lead sections at the Hungarian Sociological Assocation’s annual meeting.
PROGRAMME >> ‘Quantitative methodological innovations’ section. Participants from ELTE RC2S2 >> Renáta Németh, Eszter Katona
PROGRAMME >> ‘Challenges of international migration’ section. Participant from ELTE RC2S2 >> Zsófia Rakovics
PROGRAMME >> ‘Hungarian sociology’s code of ethics’ workshop. Participant from ELTE RC2S2 >> Renáta Németh

Zsófia Rakovics gave a presentation at the Hungarian Sociological Assocation’s annual meeting

2022.10.15. Presentation The layers of political public sphere in Hungary (2001–2020)

Zsófia Rakovics presented her research results entitled “Analysis of migration discourses based on parliamentary speeches” at the Hungarian Sociological Association’s annual meeting between the 14th and 15th October, 2022 (hosted by the University of Miskolc). The presentation was part of the ’Challenges of international migration’ section.

Eszter Katona and Mihály Fazekas gave a presentation at the Hungarian Sociological Assocation’s annual meeting

2022.10.15. Presentation Corruption in Online Editorial Media

Eszter Katona and Mihály Fazekas (CEU) presented their research results entitled “Identifying competition restrictions as a corruption risk in public procurement procedures using natural language processing” at the Hungarian Sociological Association’s annual meeting between the 14th and 15th October, 2022 (hosted by the University of Miskolc). The presentation was part of the ’Quantitative methodological innovations’ section.

Renáta Németh gave a presentation at the Hungarian Sociological Assocation’s annual meeting

2022.10.15. Presentation The layers of political public sphere in Hungary (2001–2020)

Renáta Németh presented her research results entitled “The role of domain knowledge in social research applications of data science” at the Hungarian Sociological Association’s annual meeting between the 14th and 15th October, 2022 (hosted by the University of Miskolc). The presentation was part of the ’Quantitative methodological innovations’ section.