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Analysing the Brexit debate through social media: topics, arguments, and attitudes
Professor Ken Benoit
Date: Friday 8 March 2019
Time: 12.15pm to 1.15pm
Location: Theatre, Parliament House
Text analysis of big data is an increasingly valuable tool to
understand politics and political campaigns.
In this lecture Professor Kenneth Benoit reports on a project to track
the trajectory of public opinion on the United Kingdom European
Union membership referendum (Brexit) through analyses of social
media conversation. Using a collection of over 35 million Tweets on
Brexit and related topics starting from January 2016, the analysis
focuses on the issues discussed during the period of the Brexit
campaign, such as the immigration control, fiscal implications,
and economic effects of leaving the EU. What can text analysis tell
us about how arguments supporting the Remain and Leave sides
were disseminated through social media?
Kenneth Benoit is Professor of Computational Social Science in the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has held positions in the Department of Political Science at Trinity College Dublin and at the Central European University in Budapest.
His current research focuses on computational, quantitative methods for processing large amounts of textual data, mainly political texts and social media. Recent data large-scale measurement projects in which he has been involved include estimating policy positions of political parties through crowd-sourced data, expert surveys, manifesto coding, and text analysis.
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