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NIMBLE: Numerical Inference for Hierarchical Models Using Bayesian and Likelihood Estimation

NIMBLE is a system for building and sharing analysis methods for statistical models, especially for hierarchical models and computationally intensive methods. NIMBLE is built in R but compiles your models and algorithms using C++ for speed.  It includes three components: A system for... more

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Online Hate Index

BIDS co-invests in this project with the D-Lab, UC Berkeley’s home for data science training in the humanities and social sciences, to support the development of natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning (ML) tools for the scalable detection of online hate speech.  Proactive... more

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Research Ready Government Archives

This project is being offered through UC Berkeley's Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP). For the Spring 2021 semester, this project is seeking 2 students with experience in text analysis and data visualization. Eligible undergraduates may apply online January 12-25, 2021.... more

SNAP Benefit Adequacy

SNAP benefits (or food stamps) are set at the national level without regard to local food prices. SNAP Benefit Adequacy researchers seek to assess how much this matters for recipient health. The maximum SNAP benefit for a given household size is fixed across the country with the exception of... more

Software Carpentry

Software Carpentry is a volunteer organization whose goal is to make scientists more productive and their work more reliable by teaching them basic computing skills. Founded in 1998, it runs short, intensive workshops that cover program design, version control, testing, and task... more

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Synthetic Data

Healthcare systems restrict clinical data access due to patient privacy concerns. However, restrictive data access slows the development of novel artificial intelligence tools in healthcare. Creating synthetic clinical datasets that could be shared while securing patient privacy would facilitate... more

Text Thresher

Text Thresher improves the social science practice of content analysis, making it vastly more transparent and scalable to hundreds of thousands of documents. Text Thresher is a web-interface operating in citizen science and crowd working environments like CrowdCrafting. The interface allows... more

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The Politics of Policing Technologies: Tracking Technology Adoption in the State of California

BIDS Faculty Affiliate Alison Post offered this project through UC Berkeley's Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP) in Spring 2022  In this project, we are examining the adoption of new technologies by police departments in the state of California. Examples include body worn... more

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The Visible and Invisible Work of Maintaining Open Source Software

Open-source software (OSS) project are now widely used across academia, industry, government, and non-profits, but many of these projects are heavily or extensively developed and maintained by volunteers. In this project, we investigate the visible and invisible work that project maintainers do to... more