Text-as-Data

Floor Speeches and Ideological Position: Estimating Ideology of Representatives

Benjamin Guinaudeau and Simon Roth (University of Konstanz)

Abstract: Estimating ideological position has always been challenging for political scientists. The technical progress of the last decades -digitalization, computational improvements- opened new opportunities to measure ideological position. While...

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Keyword Assisted Topic Models

Shusei Eshima (Harvard University), Tomoya Sasaki (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Kosuke Imai (Harvard University)

Abstract: For a long time, many social scientists have conducted content analysis by using their substantive knowledge and manually coding documents. In recent years, however, fully automated...

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Analyzing Gendered & Raced Editorial Scrutiny of Lawmakers in the U.S. and U.K.

Julia Bourkland and Vanessa Cruz Nichols (Indiana University)

Abstract: Content analyses in gender and politics scholarship find that female elites are often discussed in different and degrading ways in news media compared to their male counterparts, with additional intra-group differences between white female elites and female elites of color. Feminist political scientists have long critiqued the way women in...

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Don’t Know, Don’t Care: Non-Attitudes in African Public Opinion

Blair Read and Paige Bollen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Abstract: Public opinion data can contain a wealth of information about how citizens evaluate and participate in politics. Yet, often respondents refuse to answer survey questions, or simply respond “don’t know” when asked about their opinion...

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Scaling the Youtube Media Environment Using Network and Text Data

Soubhik Barari (Harvard)

Abstract: In an era where many Internet news-seekers prefer to watch rather than read their news, YouTube plays an important role in mass political communication, but remains entirely unstudied by political...

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Legislative Networks and Agenda-Setting in the UNGA and UNSC

Sabrina Arias and Robert Shaffer (University of Pennsylvania)

Abstract: How do the agendas of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) influence each other? Which of these foundational UN institution leads, and which lags? How often do these chambers devote attention to...

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