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Interdisciplinary Research Using Language Technology to Assist Comparative Survey Research

Linguistic Explorations of Societies (LES) is an innovative strand of research seated at the Department of Political Science that cuts across the disciplines of political science, computational linguistics and computer science. LES consists of the two interlinked methodological research projects Language Effects in Surveys and Studying Opinions and Populations in Online Text Data, which draw on recent developments in natural language processing to meet the challenges facing the changing landscape of comparative survey research.

Using language technology in conjunction with online data from a large number of languages and countries, we address issues of survey item comparability and measurement equivalence in cross-cultural surveys. Assessing possibilities and challenges related to data distribution and access, availability and representativity of data sources as well as data ownership and privacy, we seek to provide a state-of-the-art account on how to use online text data in relation to existing survey data.

Our interdisciplinary research team include researchers from the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), Södertörn University, the University of Bergen, GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences and the University of Toronto.

Read more about our research. 

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