Pew Research Center’s Data Labs uses computational methods to complement and expand on the Center’s existing research agenda. The team collects text, network, and behavioral datasets, uses innovative computational techniques and empirical strategies for analysis, and generates original research. Data Labs also explores the limitations of these data and methods, and works toward establishing standards for use and analysis. Learn more about Data Labs here. Data Labs team also contributes to the Center’s Decoded blog, which examines the "how" behind our numbers – including lessons learned in computational social sciences.

Pew Research CenterDecember 12, 2018

How far Americans live from the closest hospital differs by community type

Rural Americans live an average of 10.5 miles from the nearest hospital, compared with 5.6 miles for people in suburban areas and 4.4 in urban areas.

U.S. PoliticsNovember 30, 2018

Members of both parties find meaning in family but differ when it comes to faith

Partisan differences are modest among Americans who mention family, career, money or friends as aspects that make their lives meaningful.

ReligionNovember 20, 2018

Americans who find meaning in these four areas have higher life satisfaction

Four topics are universally associated with higher levels of life satisfaction: a person’s good health, romantic partner, friends and career.

ReligionNovember 20, 2018

Where Americans Find Meaning in Life

Family is the most common source of meaning in America, but economic, religious and political divides shape where people find meaning in other aspects of life.

Internet & TechNovember 7, 2018

Many Turn to YouTube for Children’s Content, News, How-To Lessons

An analysis of videos suggested by the site’s recommendation engine finds that it directs users toward longer videos and more popular content.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 25, 2018

Moderates in Congress go local on Facebook more than the most ideological members

For the average moderate legislator, about 54% of a member’s Facebook posts discussed local issues between 2015 and 2017. But for the average very liberal or very conservative legislator, just 38% of posts dealt with local issues.

Pew Research CenterJuly 18, 2018

‘Anger’ topped ‘love’ when Facebook users reacted to lawmakers’ posts after 2016 election

The U.S. congressional Facebook audience used the “angry” button in response to lawmakers’ posts nearly 14 million times following the 2016 election.

Pew Research CenterJune 21, 2018

The news that bots share on Twitter tends not to focus on politics

On Twitter, suspected bots are far more active in sharing links to news sites focusing on nonpolitical content than to sites with a political focus.

Pew Research CenterApril 9, 2018

5 things to know about bots on Twitter

Read key findings and watch a video about our new study on how bot accounts affect the mix of content on Twitter.

Internet & TechApril 9, 2018

Bots in the Twittersphere

An estimated two-thirds of tweeted links to popular websites are posted by automated Twitter accounts – not human beings.