8 juillet 2019

Visualizing literature review using #VosViewer | Discover new links between authors, topics, keywords, domains, etc.



Source : https://www.vosviewer.com/getting-started


11 juin 2019

JASP 0.10 has been released #JASP

See the list here for all the analyses currently available in JASP. To find out how to perform certain analyses or how to use certain features.

31 mai 2019

The death of the theorist and the emergence of data and algorithms in digital social research

Computer software and data-processing algorithms are becoming an everyday part of Higher Education. How might this be affecting research in the social sciences and the formation of the professional identities of academics? Ben Williamson argues that these are important challenges for social science researchers in HE, asking us to consider how digital devices and infrastructures might be shaping our professional practices, knowledge production, and theories of the world.

Computer code, software and algorithms have sunk deep into what Nigel Thrift has described as the “technological unconscious” of our contemporary “lifeworld,” and are fast becoming part of the everyday backdrop to Higher Education. Academic research across the natural, human and social sciences is increasingly mediated and augmented by computer coded technologies. This is perhaps most obvious in the natural sciences and in developments such as the vast human genome database. As Geoffrey Bowker has argued, such databases are increasingly viewed as a challenge to the idea of the scientific paper (with its theoretical framework, hypothesis and long-form argumentation) as the “end result” of science:


28 mai 2019

IN-SHADOW, a Modern Odyssey: a bright short movie with a sharp criticism of the modern consumer society

In the Shadow: a powerful short film. An artistic work made up of dozens of animated paintings, and a sharp criticism of the consumerist society, it plunges us brutally into the neuroses of the modernity.

28 mai 2019

Interesting paper on how to identify potential mediators in ‘high-dimensional’ datasets

This paper is very interesting because i believe the future will be more inductive than deductive, datasets, will tell us the theory on how the world works through mining large datasets. The author uses an original method to identify the variables (columns) that have an impact on the dependent variable, without having the limitations related to the methods of structural equations that require a number of observations greater than the number of variables (sometimes the threshold recommended is 10 observations per variable in the file). This method is therefore an original contribution to understand how to look for mediators by making the data talk without any a priori!

Van Kesteren, E. J., & Oberski, D. L. (2019). Exploratory Mediation Analysis with Many Potential Mediators

The paper is available here : read 

28 mai 2019

Ph.D thesis defended at Paris Dauphine University: accomplished :)

Last wednesday, may the 22nd, i successfully defended my Ph.D thesis at Paris Dauphine University. A big thank you to everyone who has supported me in this journey. Many thanks to the distinguished jury members and supervisor for their very positive and encouraging comments.

Very happy also to know that the thesis will be nominated to compete for two prizes. Big thanks to my academic colleagues, my students and friends at ParisDauphine, ESSEC, Neoma, hashtagISG, ISC.

23 mai 2019

Rap : PNL, un groupe expert en « brand content » by Samy Mansouri #PSL #Dauphine

Ademo et N.O.S., les deux frères de PNL, encore inconnus du grand public il y a cinq ans, semblent avoir brisé les clichés habituellement associés au rap. Finis les clips à la cité avec cascades en quad, odes à la violence et invectives misogynes. Leur troisième opus parle principalement d’amour familial et de réussite, non sans une touche de lassitude existentielle.

Tarik et Nabil Andrieu ont réussi à s’établir sur un marché musical éminemment concurrentiel, souvent excessivement normé, en développant une offre, une proposition de valeur et une stratégie marketing radicalement nouvelle et différenciante leur permettant de décrocher un disque de platine avec 100 000 ventes d’albums en seulement 5 jours.

Lire l’article complet sur : The conversation France

14 mai 2019

Death of the author? AI generated books and the production of scientific knowledge

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been applied to an increasing number of creative tasks from the composition of music, to painting and more recently the creation of academic texts. Reflecting on this development Harry Collins, considers how we might understand AI in the context of academic writing and warns that we should not confuse the work of algorithms with tacit complex socially constructed forms of knowledge.

Apparently there are now academic books generated by artificial intelligence algorithms.  An example just published by Springer Nature, and written by ‘Beta Writer’, is called Lithium-Ion Batteries: A Machine-Generated Summary of Current Research.  I don’t know anything much about Lithium-Ion batteries, nor about how these algorithms work, but I do know something about scientific knowledge and the way it is generated. I have also written three books (without the aid of an algorithm) on artificial intelligence that draw on this knowledge, most recently: Artifictional Intelligence, Against humanity’s surrender to computers.

Full paper here

15 avril 2019

Google offers a new search engine to find #datasets on specific topics

Google offers a new search engine to find datasets on specific topics.  Here is the link:


This could be a great tool to train students on data, or even conduct research on secondary useful datasets.

« In today’s world, scientists in many disciplines and a growing number of journalists live and breathe data. There are many thousands of data repositories on the web, providing access to millions of datasets; and local and national governments around the world publish their data as well. To enable easy access to this data, we launched Dataset Search, so that scientists, data journalists, data geeks, or anyone else can find the data required for their work and their stories, or simply to satisfy their intellectual curiosity.  Similar to how Google Scholar works, Dataset Search lets you find datasets wherever they’re hosted, whether it’s a publisher’s site, a digital library, or an author’s personal web page. To create Dataset search, we developed guidelines for dataset providers to describe their data in a way that Google (and other search engines) can better understand the content of their pages. These guidelines include salient information about datasets: who created the dataset, when it was published, how the data was collected, what the terms are for using the data, etc. We then collect and link this information, analyze where different versions of the same dataset might be, and find publications that may be describing or discussing the dataset. Our approach is based on an open standard for describing this information (schema.org) and anybody who publishes data can describe their dataset this way. We encourage dataset providers, large and small, to adopt this common standard so that all datasets are part of this robust ecosystem. »

Source here

5 avril 2019

Great initiative! criteria used to rank academia is changing in 2019!  

Times Higher Education produced in the 3rd of April a new world ranking for 450 universities based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals like (gender equality, sustainable cities and communities, real-world problem solving research, etc.).

31 mars 2019

Choosing A Statistical Test Based On Your Data And Research Question

31 mars 2019

Les usages des réseaux sociaux en 2019 #blogdumoderateur #HarrisInteractive


Pour cette enquête, 2001 internautes français de 15 ans et plus ont été interrogés en ligne au courant du mois de février 2019.

La créations des Social Personae

Au cours de son étude, Harris Interactive a remarqué les nombreux usages, profils d’utilisateurs présents, mais également le foisonnement de plateformes proposant une multitude de services différents : commerce, messagerie, professionnel, microblogging… Nombreuses sont les applications qui se trouvent au carrefour de ces usages.

Source et article complet sur : https://www.blogdumoderateur.com/usages-des-reseaux-sociaux-2019/

29 mars 2019

Le meilleur des mondes : ce que le roman peut nous apprendre sur la puissance du conditionnement mental et la société de consommation! Huxley a vu juste!


C’est probablement l’un des meilleurs romans et films que j’ai vu depuis Matrix. Aldous Huxley a écrit Brave New World en 1932, il y a presque quatre-vingts ans, mais le livre se lit comme s’il aurait pu être écrit hier. Ce qui est particulièrement intéressant pour moi, c’est la façon dont Huxley a pu prévoir plusieurs innovations actuelles, telles que le suivi par satellite, les écrans interactifs, les injonctions de consommation, la superficialité de la société, le génie génétique, la promiscuité sexuelle partout, etc. Huxley est bien plus important que Orwell, qui s’est inspiré 10 ans plus tard par ses œuvres! Si Orwell présente la société totalitaire en 1984 par le biais de la censure et de la manipulation de mots et d’informations, Huxley montre de manière beaucoup plus subtile comment la société de consommation et la recherche de l’hédonisme créent une société amoureuse de sa propre servitude.

Lire la suite

22 mars 2019

Google Shopping Actions, une plateforme d’e-commerce concurrente d’Amazon vient d’être lancée en France

Une arrivée en France

C’est en France que Google déploie en premier sa mise à jour de Google Shopping. Ce qui était auparavant un comparateur de prix devient un véritable agrégateur d’achat pour proposer à l’internaute une expérience d’achat « personnalisée et immersive » , explique la firme.

Pour déployer cette nouvelle fonctionnalité, baptisée Shopping Actions, Google s’est associé à des grands noms de la distribution en France : Auchan, Boulanger, Carrefour et Fnac-Darty. L’utilisateur pourra naviguer dans Google Shopping, ajouter des produits dans son panier et finaliser son acte d’achat sans quitter la plateforme. Une expérience bien similaire à Amazon.

Pour en savoir plus, vous pouvez voir le billet du blog du modérateur ici 

22 mars 2019

The crisis of scientific research and possible solutions! #ReplicationCrisis #PublishOrPerish #Ethics #OpenScience #PHacking #Publishing_Negative_Results #PhdChat

Part 1 : the diagnostic of the situation 

Part 2 : the possible solutions 

A great document by Corbert report in two parts about the modern science. The first part is a critical diagnostic about the situation, and the second part suggests some solutions to enhance the scientific process and make the findings more trustworthy. If interested in this topic you can also read my post on Hubbart excellent book (Corrupt research) here.