How to run a Workshop and a Shared Task at a major Computer Science conference

Wrote this to help a friend, realized I'll need to refer to it later, so I'm putting it here. Picture sourced from the web, but yes that would be a good way to work backwards from the D-Day. Hello worried and anxious colleagues! Is this the first time you're contemplating something so exciting? Worry not,... Continue Reading →

The #StayHomeforSG dashboard launch

Social media in COVID-19: building resilience or sowing stress? When the circuit-breaker came into effect in April 2020, Singaporeans suspended their daily lives to check the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Social media and computer-mediated-communication became the lifeline for communication as well as breaking news. However, social media was considered by many to be a... Continue Reading →

The SMOL Project

Image credits: Swati Vats for the SMOL project. Every story has a beginning. This post is the beginning of the SMOL Project. The Social Media, Online behavior and Language project focuses on online human behavior and computer mediated communication. One day, we'll have our own spiders, bots, crawlers, apps, and python (scripts). SMOL is also... Continue Reading →

Stats 101: Where to stat?

See what I did there? If you're anything like me, you're finding your way backwards into stats after spending a lifetime thinking that all there was to the field was mean, median, mode, sometimes cumulative frequency, and those are things you left behind in high school. Newsflash: not only is stats underlying every quantitative prediction... Continue Reading →

Guide to planning and analyzing experiments

I discovered this amazing tutorial on planning and analyzing experiments by Eytan Bakshy and Sean Taylor of Facebook research, and I'm so glad I found it while I was still designing my first experiment. This is an amazing, comprehensive resource that takes you from starting to think about experiment design, all the way to what... Continue Reading →

Writing a peer review

Update: I got an ICWSM Reviewer Award this year -- Thanks ICWSM!I'm using this post as a running list of checkpoints for reviewers of computational social science and computer science conferences. But everything can be generalized to whichever field you belong to. Here's a short and sweet list of points to write your next peer... Continue Reading →

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