Andrea Sciandra

Non Tenure Track Assistant Professor

University of Padua- Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology (FISPPA)






Andrea Sciandra is Assistant Professor in Social Statistics at the Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology (University of Padova).

He has a master’s degree in Statistics for Demographic and Social Sciences and a PhD in Sociology and Social Research.

His main research interests include social media, text mining, social network analysis, Large Language Models, and machine learning techniques applied to social sciences.

He was a lecturer in the PhD in Human Rights, Society, and Multi-level Governance at the University of Padova and in the Summer Schools ‘IQLA-GIAT in Quantitative Analysis of Textual Data’, and ‘Social Statistics’.

He is currently a member of: the Italian Statistical Society (SIS), the GIAT network (Interdisciplinary Text Analysis Group), and the ‘Text.it’ discussion panel on Statistical Methods for Textual Data Analysis (SIS group “SDS – Statistics & Data Science”).

He previously cooperated with the SWG research institute in Trieste and was co-founder of Rante, the first Italian R User Group.

Recent Publications:

(2023) Ferretti, R., Rubaltelli, E. and Sciandra, A., Analysts’ Recommendations and Press Sentiment: Complementary or Alternative to Drive Investors’ Trading Behavior?, in “Journal of Behavioral Finance”, pp. 1-13.

(2023) Neresini, F., Giardullo, P., Di Buccio, E., Morsello, B., Cammozzo, A., Sciandra, A. and Boscolo, M., When scientific experts come to be media stars: An evolutionary model tested by analysing coronavirus media coverage across Italian newspapers, in “Plos One”, 18 (4), e0284841.

(2022) Martini, M. C., Pelle, E., Poggi, F. and Sciandra, A., The role of citation networks to explain academic promotions: an empirical analysis of the Italian national scientific qualification, in “Scientometrics”, 127 (10), pp. 5633-5659.

(2022) Ferretti, R. and Sciandra, A., Does the attention-grabbing mechanism work on Sundays? Influence of social and religious factors on investorsattention, in “Review of Behavioral Finance”, 14 (5), pp. 791-805.

(2022) Brondi, S., Neresini, F. and Sciandra, A., The social representation of nanotechnologies and its relationships with those of science and technology: Making familiar the unfamiliar between enthusiasm and caution, in “Journal of Risk Research”, 25 (1), pp. 113-137.

(2021) Sciandra, A., Surian, A. and Finos, L., Supervised machine learning methods to disclose action and information in “UN 2030 agenda” social media data, in “Social Indicators Research”, 156 (2), pp. 689-699.

(2021) Sciandra, A., Trevisani, M. and Tuzzi, A., Sulle tracce dell’espressione dell’interiorità: analisi diacronica di un corpus di narrativa italiana del XIX-XX secolo, in “Rivista Internazionale di Tecnica della Traduzione/International Journal of Translation”, 23, pp. 219-233.

(2021) Lai, M., Cignarella, A. T., Finos, L. and Sciandra, A., WordUp! at VaxxStance 2021: Combining Contextual Information with Textual and Dependency-Based Syntactic Features for Stance Detection, in “Ceur Workshop Proceedings”, 2943, pp. 210-232.

(2021) Crabu, S., Giardullo, P., Sciandra, A. and Neresini, F., Politics overwhelms science in the Covid-19 pandemic: Evidence from the whole coverage of the Italian quality newspapers, in “Plos one”, 16 (5), e0252034.

(2020) Sciandra, A., COVID-19 outbreak through Tweeters’ words: monitoring Italian social media communication about COVID-19 with Text Mining and Word Embeddings, in “2020 IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications (ISCC)”, pp. 1-6.