Analyzing Big Data

Christopher Fariss, Penn State University
27 July - 7 August (two week course / 35 hrs)

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Christopher Fariss is currently the Jeffrey L. Hyde and Sharon D. Hyde and Political Science Board of Visitors Early Career Professor in Political Science and Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Penn State University. To date, he has taught courses on research design, measurement, and human rights. For his research, he uses computational methods to understand why governments around the world choose to torture, maim, and kill individuals within their jurisdiction. Other projects cover a broad array of themes, ranging from foreign aid to American voting behaviour, but share a focus on computationally intensive methods and research design. These methodological tools, essential for analysing ”big data”, open up new insights into the micro-foundations of state repression.

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