I am a social scientist and Java developer with a passion for discovering insights in big texts, networks and in unstructured data in general.
Work in social science
- In my 20s for my PhD under the guidance of Philippe Fontaine, I digged in archives (boxes of documents! plenty of boxes!) to write a contextualized history of economics and biology in post-WWII USA.
- In my 30s under the guidance of Paul Wouters and Ale Smidts, I used scientometric data and survey data to map the field of neuroeconomics and related disciplines. I relied a lot on Gephi, a software for the visualization of networks.
- Now in my 40s and a professor at em lyon business school, my goal is to continue using texts and networks to shed different and interesting lights on social science issues, AND to make the tools I develop accessible to the public. This is the sense of Nocodefunctions.
Working with bigger texts and networks, I switched from using Excel to Java in 2011. The tools I created are scattered in academic publications, private and public Github repos, and websites which emerged and died. Examples of contributions:
- Umigon, best of class sentiment analysis for social media.
- A method to map Twitter fields, at scale.
- Gephi plugins and Gephi tutorials.
I am now trying to increase the public impact of my academic work. In 2021 I started developping Nocodefunctions. It is a platform offering the tools I developed over the years, for non technical users and for free. It will also be the host and training ground for the new functions I am developing in my current academic projects.