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Analyzing Digital Behavioral Data

Social media data and other digital behavioral data (DBD) are important for analyzing social science topics in digital societies and for understanding the evolvement of socio-technical systems. GESIS offers methodological insights on how computational methods support social science research and off-the-shelf tools for mining social entities, enriching data and disclosing social structures. With GESIS Notebooks we also provide an infrastructure for reproducible research and for sharing computational tools in this area. The "Total Error Framework for Digital Traces of Human Behavior on Online Platforms" (TED-On) is our first step in building a comprehensive framework for systematic error detection in the collection, processing, and analysis of digital behavioral data.


Methodology, Framework

GESIS aims at providing a comprehensive framework for systematic error detection in the collection, processing, and analysis of digital behavioral data. With focus on social media data, we developed the Total Error Framework for Digital Traces of Human Behavior on Online Platforms (TED-On).

Paper | Extended Paper | MTE Talk | Slides | Tutorial@FAT | TES-D Paper

Topic Modelling


Our Topic Modelling Portal enables stochastic data analysis for web scientists and computational social scientists. The idea is to explain the fundamental mechanisms and ideas behind topic modelling. We provide instruments to detect latent topics in large text corpora while considering contextual information.

Tutorial | Toolbox | Publication

GESIS Notebooks

Virtual Research Infrastructure

Explore GESIS Notebooks (beta) – we are building an online environment for web based large-scale data analysis with software suits for coding languages like R or Python. The infrastructure will include services for application, publication, and archiving.

GESIS Notebooks



The HypTrails Framework allows comparisons of hypotheses about sequential behavior – examples for this are, how websites are navigated or how persons move through cities.

Tutorial | Code | Paper | Paper | Paper

Social Media Monitoring


Try this tool to explore the Twitter and Facebook data of German politicians and political organizations GESIS has collected around the federal elections 2013, 2017 and 2021.

Tool | 2013 Data | 2017 Data | 2013 Report | 2017 Report | 2021 Data | 2021 Report | Paper | MTE Talk


API, Tool

Use the WikiWho Tool for 'social' text mining and analyze editing and revising transactions of Wikipedia entries across languages. Data can be downloaded as data set or obtained via an API.

WikiWho API | Data | WikiWho Wrapper | Report | Tutorial | Paper | WhoColor Documentation | Paper

Open Science

We support and implement Open Science.

Please visit our work on GitHub.

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