Computational Analysis of Communication


Wouter van Atteveldt, Damian Trilling & Carlos Arcila


March 11, 2022

This is the online version of the book Computational Analysis of Communication published with Wiley-Blackwell. To buy a hard copy or eBook version of the book, please visit your local academic or independent bookstore or use the link above to order.


This is the draft version of the book, which is actively being updated. The open access edition of the published version is available at

This website contains the full contents (text, code examples, and figures) of the book and is (and will be) available completely free and open access. We hope that this will make computational techniques accessible (and fun!) to as many students and researchers as possible, regardless of means and institutional support. We also hope that this will make it easy for students and professors to use a sub set of chapters without forcing students to buy the whole book. We would really like to thank Wiley-Blackwell for their confidence in making this open access option possible.

Acknowledgements and contributing

We would like to thank colleagues, friends, and students who provided feedback and input on earlier versions of parts of the manuscript: Dmitry Bogdanov, Andreu Casas, Modesto Escobar, Anne Kroon, Nicolas Mattis , Cecil Meeusen, Jesús Sánchez-Oro, Nel Ruigrok, Susan Vermeer, Mehdi Zamani, Marthe Möller. Of course, we also want to thank all others that we might have forgotten to mention here (sorry!) – please contact us if you feel that your name should be here.

Our intention is for the online version to be a ‘living document’ that we will update as tools (or our insights) change, and hopefully serve as the basis for a second edition in the future. For that reason, all feedback is highly appreciated!

What can you do to help:

  • Create a github issue if you see any errors, find anything hard to understand, or have any other sort of suggestions or feedback.
  • Fix typo’s or other issues directly by editing the relevant file on github and creating a pull request

Any contributors will be acknowledged on this page and in a possible second edition of the book. If you are willing to contribute in a more major way (e.g. rewrite or add an entire chapter), please get in touch with us and we can work something out.

Citing this book

To cite this book, use:

Van Atteveldt, W., Trilling, D., & Calderón, C. A. (2022). Computational Analysis of Communication. Wiley Blackwell.


  title={Computational Analysis of Communication},
  author={{Van Atteveldt}, Wouter and Trilling, Damian and Calder{\'o}n, Carlos Arc{\'\i}la},
  publisher={Wiley Blackwell}