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Hendrik Erz

PhD student

My research revolves around the measurement of culture. I employ deep learning models to extract patterns from textual data. Currently, I work with the U.S. Congressional Records.


I am a PhD Student at the Institute for Analytical Sociology. I use computational tools to make sense of large amounts of textual data and extract signals that help understand culture.

My PhD project is about understanding how ideas about the world shape the actions of people and to develop measurements to find cues of this in textual data. To this end I currently employ the U.S. Congressional Records, a vast resource of text spanning from 1873 to the present, and use deep learning models ("neural networks") to find patterns in the data.

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