Training Workshop

Training Workshop on Social Media and Demographic Methods

Date and location

Friday, May 19
1:30 - 5:30 pm
Room 410, Bronfman Building
1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montreal, Québec, H3A 1G5

Workshop instructor

Associate Professor Emilio Zagheni University of WashingtonEmilio Zagheni, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Washington
Co-chair: Big Data and Population Processes, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) Scientific Panel
Recently awarded Trailblazer award by the EAPS for his innovative data science approaches for demography, and use of formal demographic methods.
See his news feed for his previous workshops on this and related topics.

Workshop description

This workshop will provide an introduction to tools for collecting data from social media. Examples of applications will include Twitter, Facebook public pages, and Facebook Adverts Manager. It will also present examples of demographic and computational methods that can be used to gain insights from these data. Participants will also discuss recent developments and ideas in the emerging field of digital demography including the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Provisional workshop outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Intro to APIs (including discussion of selection bias)
  3. Accessing Twitter Data using R
  4. Analyzing Twitter Data (including difference-in-difference estimations)
  5. Using Demographic Methods with Online Populations
  6. Intro to git/Github

Workshop requirements

A laptop is required to participate in this workshop. Wireless internet access will be provided on-site. Participants will be provided with workshop materials ahead of time. Participants should anticipate 30 minutes to 1 hour of preparation to download materials and familiarize themselves with materials before the workshop.


This workshop is free, open to all, and will be conducted in English.
The workshop is now full. To be added to our waiting list, please email heidi.hoernig [at] with your name and affiliation.




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