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Oren Tsur

Email: {firstNameLastName}
Office: 206/96

Office hours: on Zoom during corona, email to schedule

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Short Bio

Research Interests: Keywords: {social networks, information diffusion, social contagion and influence, exponential random graph models (ERGM), computational linguistics, natural language processing, language evolution, language coordination, sentiment analysis, lexical semantics, language acquisition, indirect speech (acts), discourse modeling, pragmatics, information retrieval, data mining}

A note to prospective students: If you are interested in what I do* and looking for an advisor/lab/project - please email me. Please attach: 1) your academic grade transcript, 2) your CV, and 3) a paragraph explaining your interest in this kind of research. 
Support is available for excellent candidates.


*Browse around, check out the lab's page, publications, and my research statement


See full list in my Google Scholar page


Spring 2023:

  • NLP and Social Dynamics (372.2.5807)

  • Introduction to Natural Language Processing (382.1.4769)

  • Social Network Analysis (372.1.4403)


Fall 2022:

  • Natural Language Processing (372.2.5702)

Previous years:

Natural Language Processing (Fall 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

NLP and Social Dynamics (Spring 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

Social Network Analysis (Fall 2020, 2021)

Introduction to Natural Language Processing (Spring 2021, 2022)

Introduction to Operating Systems (Spring 2019, 2020)

    Undergraduate level

    Graduate level 

CV:   here

Credits: My photo was taken by the university photographer - the wonderful Dani Machlis;  Background image (desktop site): Discussing the War in a Paris Café,  Fred Barnard, 1870

I am an Assistant Professor (Senior Lecturer) at the department of Software & Information Systems Engineering (SISE) at Ben Gurion University where I'm heading the NLP and Social dynamics lab (NAS-LAB). I'm also serving as the director of the newly founded interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Digital Politics and Strategy (DPS@BGU) My research mainly involves modeling and analysis of Social Network Dynamics based on various social signals ranging from language use to patterns of online activity. I use Random Graphs, Complex Networks Analysis, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing in the context of social interaction. I'm interested in large scale-data driven modeling of the processes in which language is shaping and shaped-by social dynamics. In particular, I'm interested in modeling social coordination, influence and contagion in social networks and in the political domain.

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