Hi! I am Ben, a current student of statistics at Humboldt University, Berlin and Duke University. Having studied at Zeppelin University and Maastricht University before, I am a social scientist at heart who strongly believes in the necessity of openness and interdisciplinarity in research.

Currently, I have the pleasure to be working at the Policy Evaluation Lab of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change. I am also part of research groups in computational linguistics and network science. I am also always happy to collaborate - just hit me up!

Apart from academics, I have also gathered industry experience during student traineeships and internships in consulting, consumer analytics and finance.

  • Statistical Methodology
  • (Bayesian) Networks
  • Econometrics
  • Behavioural Psychology
  • Media Sciences
  • Open Science
  • Major Degree | MSc Statistics, ongoing

    Humboldt University / Free University / Institute of Technology, Berlin | Duke University

  • Major Degree | BA Quantitative Social Sciences (1.1 | A+), 2018

    Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen

  • Minor | Corporate Management & Economics (Econometrics etc.) (1.0 | A+), 2018

    Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen

Github & Coding


The Rank Degree Influencer Core Sampler (RaDICeS) allows to draw an effective sample of a (language-based) Twittersphere as described in this talk. It is also part of a forthcoming publication. Until then, you can cite the software itself.

Affinity Propagation Clustering

The affprop package is an Affinity Propagation Clustering (Frey and Dueck, 2007) implementation for Python. This package was part of a project of Cliburn Chan’s STA663 Statistical Computation class at Duke University.


trollR is an R package and tool to detect toxic language. It scored second place at the LSE Computational Social Sciences Hackathon ‘18.