SLANG Lab: Statistical Social Language Analysis

What can statistical text analysis tell us about society? The SLANG Lab (Statistical Social Language Analysis, directed by Prof. Brendan O'Connor) develops natural language processing, machine learning, and data analysis tools to improve scientific investigation about political and social phenomena. For example, we analyze political events in news articles, and sentiment in social media.

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The SLANG Lab is part of the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. We are affiliated with groups for data science (CDS, MLDS), information retrieval (CIIR), linguistics / cognitive science (CogSci), and computational social science (CSSI) here at UMass.