Fabio Votta

Political Data Scientist | Statistical Analysis

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Recent Publications

. Radical Filter Bubbles: Social Media Personalisation Algorithms and Extremist Content. Global Research Network on Terrorism and Technology, 2019.

PDF Slides

. Fighting Fake News and Post-Truth Politics with Behavioral Science: The Pro-Truth Pledge. In: Behavior and Social Issues, 27, 47-70, 2018.


R Packages

  • peRspective - Perspective is an API that uses machine learning models to score the perceived impact a comment might have on a conversation. The package provides access to the API using the R programming language.

  • datenguideR - R wrapper for the datengui.de GraphQL API to easily access German regional statistics.


Naomi C. Turner Prize 2018

  • This prize is awarded for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the World Association for Public Opinion (WAPOR) annual conference.

Recent Posts

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Short answer: very common.


The moment on Twitter when Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts.


This blog post introduces the transcripts of the U.S. Democratic primary debates available as data in the R package demdebates2020.


Who has the greatest deliberative body in the world?


Data visualization of Game of Thrones ratings.



A fun Introduction to R

Slides for workshop I taught during the Data Science Summer School at the Hertie School.

The Infodemic on Instagram

This page visualizes 14,259 images posted on Instagram between January and September 2020.

Slides: Hacking Germany’s Official Statistics with datenguideR

These slides were presented at the berlinR Meetup group.

Slides: Package Development in R

These slides were presented at the Kickoff workshop for the Datenguide project (organized by Correlaid).

Slides: Personalisation Algorithms and Extremist Content Online

These slides were presented at the Terrorism and Social Media Conference 2019 at Swansea University.

Blog Post: Retaliatory Tariffs and Trump’s Base

A blog post for Data for Progress analyzing how retaliatory tariffs are hurting Trump’s base specifically.

Visualizing Gas Explosions in Lawrence, MA

This is a little project where I visualize the gas explosions that rocked Lawrence, MA on 13th September 2018.

Slides: Deliberation Across the World

These slides were presented at the WAPOR general conference in June 2018. The paper investigates the effect of deliberative quality of a political system on regime legitimacy in 119 countries and received the best student paper award (Naomi C. Turner Prize) at the WAPOR 2018 general conference.

Slides: Godly Governance

These slides were presented at the WAPOR general conference in June 2018. The paper investigates the role of religiosity in supporting religious governance in the MENA region.

Slides: Variants of Populism

These slides were presented at the Politicologenetmaal conference in June 2018. This research is about the support for populism in Europe.

Slides: Decoding the Alt-Right

These slides were presented at a VOX-Pol counter-extremism workshop in May 2018. The research project is about tracking the Alt-Right and its spread into mainstream media.

LearnR - Modelldiagnostik

Die Modelldiagnostik dient dazu die Validität und Reliabilität der Ergebnisse einer linearen Regression sicherzustellen. In diesem Workshop lernt ihr die Grundkonzepte, deren Anwendung sowie Interpretation und Visualisierung.


I am a teaching instructor for the following courses at University of Stuttgart:

  • Statistische Modellbildung II Tutorium