Empirical Conduct for Social Scientists

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This post is about empirical research in social science, data quality and data management.  It is suited for trainees in UX, traffic, crowd, social science and behavioural analysis (ancillary to some stakeholders in HR, L&D, PM) Data is based on the … Continue reading

Streaming and Handling Financial data in R – Data Tables and Time Series – I

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For streaming and handling financial data in R, we will need the libraries XML, and then work either with data.tables or timeseries (or other types). Here we look at both data.tables and timeseries. Run the following lines. In the line ‘url01 <- fread(“http://linktoyourquote“)’, change the … Continue reading

Bullish/Bearish Sentiment in 200 Google Hits: Concordancing and N-grams

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The linguist who is not yet introduced to the universe of programming languages, may obviate with a ready-made software solution for computational linguistics. These can also be very useful in prototyping (or brainstorming phases of) automated analytic routines and software development. Wordsmith … Continue reading

DATA Mining – A Social Scientist’s Tools: ELAN and Praat

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If one considers doing serious field and/or ethnographic work in social, interactional and behavioural sciences, one should consider getting acquainted with the softwares Elan developed by the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen (MPI Nijmegen henceforth), and Praat by (Boersma and Weenink, 2014). In my doctoral … Continue reading

‘The Composite Semiotics of Repair’ – Updates on Methodology

During my PhD research↑ (.)
I transcribed sixTEen↑ hours of face-to-face interaction
for talk (.) errors (.) laughters=sniffs pauses (.)

facial expressions=gaze movements and voice qualia (.)
like PItch, fre:quency energy
(.) and their variations.

Mining human data is an extremely complex and painful exercise.  However I guess one can eventually reach a decent level of empirical precision and also get to contemplate a number of interesting insights on ‘errors’ and their propagation.

Albanese C. - form 'The Composite Semiotics of Interactional Repair' (All rights reserved)

Albanese C. – form ‘The Composite Semiotics of Interactional Repair’ (All rights reserved)

More to follow…

ISRE 2013 Conference at UC Berkeley- International Society for Research on Emotions 2013

In April 2013, I became a Junior Member of the ISRE Society   [International Society for Research on Emotions].  So last  August 2013, I travelled from China [where I was collecting the last set of data for my Phd work] to United States, California, Berkeley. At UC Berkeley I had the great pleasure to attend the 2013 – biannual conference of the ISRE Society . I presented a paper titled, ‘A proto-Language of Emotions? Response Cries as an Interactional Achievement‘.

At the conference, some groundbreaking results in physiology and the neurobiological basis of emotions were presented by a team of nobel Laureates  . It eventually turns out that shorter telomeres tend to correlate with a long list of clinical psychological diseases and biological ones. 

 

In this occasion [2013 ISRE society Conference], I also have witnessed   Dr. W. Gerrod Parrott, Professor of Psychology, Georgetown University, passing the baton of ISRE presidency to Arvid Kappas, Professor of Psychology at Jacobs University. and finally, I had the great pleasure to meet Prof. Dr. George Lakoff and Prof. Dr. Paul Ekman and engage with them in academic and methodological discussions.

 

Left to Right. Pr. Dr. Paul Ekman; Pr. Dr. Arvid Kappas; Phd candidate Claudia Albanese (University of Luxembourg)

Left to Right. Pr. Dr. Paul Ekman; Pr. Dr. Arvid Kappas; Phd candidate Claudia Albanese (University of Luxembourg)

 

 

 

A picture of us in Facebook HeadQuarters in Palo Alto

 

(right-back) Phd. candidate Claudia Albanese (University of Luxembourg) in a private institutional visit to Facebook Headquarters, Palo Alto, California in a delegation of the ISRE Society. In the picture one can see Prof, Dr. Joseph Campos and Prof. Dr. George Lakoff (front right)

(right-back) Phd. candidate Claudia Albanese (University of Luxembourg) in a private institutional visit to Facebook Headquarters, Palo Alto, California in a delegation of the ISRE Society. In the picture one can see Prof, Dr. Joseph Campos and Prof. Dr. George Lakoff (front right)

 

 

Shanghai 2013 – CEIBS and Ethnography

In July 2013, I travelled to Shanghai, where I collected SOME sets of data for research.  Those who know me can tell how much I am in love with this country, its people, the food. [from time to time I have the urge to move there] But.. Have I ever told you how beautiful it is to go and look at things around with the eyes [and mind] of an ethnographer?!?!? 

This time, in an activity theoretical framework, I got really interested in two activities: 1) sewing.. as done professionally at THE VERY FAMOUS Shanghai Fabric market  in NanCanJie [Lujiabanlu] – 南外滩轻纺面料市场, 南仓街, 陆家浜路 … and 2) street food activities.

Co-construction of street food seeling activities in 南仓街, Shanghai - Gaze Pattern -

Co-construction of street food selling activities in 南仓街, Shanghai – Gaze Pattern – PhD candidate Claudia Albanese (University of Luxembourg)

 

When in Shanghai, I also attended a conference and had a very pleasant chat with former Italian Prime Minister, Former President of the EU commission, Prof. Dr. Romano Prodi. The conference was organised by the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). Prof. Prodi provided a detailed analysis of the economic crises Europe is experiencing. His talk was  fun while being extremely instructive.  When asked “do you see the light at the end of the Tunnel for Europe?”, Prof. Prodi answered it was the back lights of a German pick up truck 😀

a memory of that day ….

 

Left to Right - Prof. Dr. Romano Prodi and Phd. candidate Claudia Albanese, University of Luxembourg at the Sino-Europe Dialogue Chair Prof. Romano Prodi CEIBS - China-Europe International Business School

Left to Right – Prof. Dr. Romano Prodi and Phd. candidate Claudia Albanese, University of Luxembourg at the Sino-Europe Dialogue Chair Prof. Romano Prodi
CEIBS – China-Europe International Business School

 

 

 

International Society for Biosemiotic Studies – 13th International Gathering – Italy- 2013

 

 

PhD candidate Claudia Albanese (University of Luxembourg) - presentation at 13th International ISBS Gathering in 2013 - event patronised by the University of Pisa and The Government of Tuscany

PhD candidate Claudia Albanese (University of Luxembourg) – presentation at 13th International ISBS Gathering in 2013 – event patronised by the University of Pisa and The Government of Tuscany

Taking Notes - ISBS 2013

Taking Notes – ISBS 2013

Castiglioncello Tuscany - ISBS 2013 location

Castiglioncello Tuscany – ISBS 2013 location

 

 

Castiglioncello, Tuscany - ISBS 2013 location

Castiglioncello, Tuscany – ISBS 2013 location

Made a lot of new friends.. This is one of the closest by now.

Made a lot of new friends.. This is one of the closest by now.

 

ISBS 2013 - Conference Proceedings - Booklet Image

ISBS 2013 – Conference Proceedings – Booklet Image