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Spyros Kosmidis

I still don’t know why I decided to study political science. Although I always had an interest in politics, I believe that the primary reason was that it did not involve any mathematics. For my ignorance as a teenager I am now condemned to teach statistics to political scientists. I do more things, however. For example, I think that we do not know enough about how democracy works so I spend most of my time thinking and researching electoral accountability across time and nations. Recently, I undertook –with some audacity- the task to quantify emotion in political rhetoric and model when and how political parties use affect in their discourse. In my free time I study political persuasion and campaign effects. My dream is to have all the data I need with the press of a button. I think we are getting there.

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