Dr David Schoch


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Research interests

My main research interest lies in methodological and theoretical foundations of social network analysis. I am, however, also involved in a variety of different research projects.

Network Analysis. My main research interested are mathematical foundations of networks and the development of new tools to analyze networks of various kinds. This includes measures of centrality, interpretation of one-mode projections, networks with positve and negative ties and network visualizations. 

All my tools are made available in a series of 9 packages for the statistical software R.

  • netrankr: tools for network centrality
  • graphlayouts: a set of specialized layout algorithms for networks
  • signnet: tolls to analyze networks with positive and negative ties
  • snahelper: helper tools that provide a GUI for many SNA tasks
  • networkdata: A package that contains over 2000 network datasets of various kinds
  • netUtils: A package that gathers methods that cannot be found in other packages
  • roughnet: hand-drawn and sketch like network visualizations
  • edgebundle: various algorithms for edgebundling 
  • levelnet: several methods to analyze one-mode projections

Political Astroturfing. I am part of an international team of researchers, dedicated to uncover and analyse disinformation campaigns on social media. The aim is to study strategies and the potential impact of such campaigns, especially in an electoral context.

Soccer Analytics. I am the principal maintainer of soccerverse.com, a project dedicated to the analysis of football ("soccer") related data. The project aims to provide a world ranking of clubs which is coherent with the national ranking of FIFA. The database consists of more than 1 million matches played in more than 200 top tier leagues and cups around the globe.


Research and projects

  1. Statistical Modelling

    Onah, C. N., Shlomo, N., Chandola, T., Schoch, D., Cuitún Coronado, J., Aparicio-Castro, A., Thestrup, S., Olsen, W., Cernat, A., Shryane, N., Wisniowski, A., Smith, D., Aparicio-Castro, A., Shafie, T., Hannemann, T., Morales-Gómez, A., Mellon, J., Troncoso Ruiz, P., Taub, J., Murphy, J., Guest, E., Kim, J., Watson, J., Pashazadeh, F., Hoór, D., Jones, P. & Gosling, Z.


    Project: Research