We catch up with Ken Benoit, who developed Quanteda, a large R package originally designed for the quantitative analysis of textual data, from which the name is derived. In 2018, Quanteda received $35,000 of seed funding as inaugural winners of the SAGE Concept Grants program. We find out what challenges Ken faced and how the funding helped in the development of the package.
Nowadays, issues related to the diffusion of fake news, rumours, hoaxes, as well as the diffusion of malware and viruses in online social networks have become so important as to transcend the virtual ecosystem and interfere with our businesses and societies. Currently, we are unable to effectively deal with these issues.