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Language Effects in Surveys

Language Effects in Surveys (LES) is an interdisciplinary project that sets out to develop and apply novel methods for studying the impact of language and culture in international survey projects. The project explores the extent to which semantic differences across languages and cultures account for observed variations in comparative survey literature, with regards to large-scale political phenomena such as democracy, corruption and happiness. The project builds on recent developments in Natural Language Processing that enables quantification and classification of similarities and differences in conceptual structures across – as well as within – languages.

Language Effects in Surveys (LES) is funded by the Swedish Research Council and is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg and RISE SICS. The project is additionally tied to the Swedish language technology company Gavagai, the Department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto.

LES is looking for research assistants with language skills

Read more about the translation assignment here.

Big Data Workshop

Read more about our workshop on the opportunities and challenges of Big Data technology.

Are you happy? That depends on the language you speak

Read the article from University of Gothenburg's Staff Magazine no 2-2016.

The Swedish Research Council grants funding for research project on Big Data

On 2 November, the Swedish Research Council awarded a new project proposal a research grant of 9,520,000 SEK. The new project is titled Studying Opinions and Societies through Communicative Behavior Online: Assessing the Validity, Reliability, and Representativeness of Online Text Data, and head applicant is Stefan Dahlberg, Project Manager of LES. 

Read more about the research grant here. 

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