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Quantitative Text Analysis Dublin (QTA-DUB) Workshop

Quantitative Text Analysis Dublin (QTA-DUB) Workshop

Our inaugural event took place at the UCD University Club on the Belfield Campus in Dublin, from 18-19 June 2019. The workshop was interdisciplinary in nature, and counted with the contributions and attendance from researchers in political science, the social sciences, computer science, and other disciplines.

Automated text analysis is rapidly manifesting itself as a promising new approach for studying urgent issues facing our politics and societies today. From climate change communication, to misinformation on social media, and from party competition to elite political discourse in more or less formalised settings, textual data is ubiquitous. To take stock of new developments in this exciting field, we invited interested scholars to participate in a 2-day workshop in Dublin to discuss new approaches and substantive applications of automated and semi-automated text analysis in the political and social sciences.

Organisation & Support

Workshop organising committee:

  • Constantine Boussalis — Trinity College Dublin
  • James P. Cross — University College Dublin
  • Silvia Decadri — Trinity College Dublin
  • Derek Greene — University College Dublin
  • Martijn Schoonvelde — University College Dublin
  • Natalia Umansky — University College Dublin

Accepted Papers

Panel Panel Title Author Paper Title
1A Media & Authoritarianism Miklos Sebok Classifying newspaper articles with supervised machine learning: A new approach with tests on Hungarian media corpora
    Charles Crabtree Diversionary news: Media coverage of economic conditions on Russian state-controlled TV, 2003-2017
    Kevin Greene Exploring North Korea’s strategic translation of political messaging
    Philipp Lutscher Hot topics: Cyberattacks on news websites in competitive autocracies
1B Party Politics Kieran Wright Competence, social democracy or independence? The shifting strategic emphasis of the scottish national party in post-devolution Scotland
    Zac Greene Keeping it in the family? Party cohesion, disagreement and voter perception
    Theresa Gessler The salience and politicization of immigration in party discourse during the refugee crisis in Austria, Germany and Switzerland
    Nils Dupont The ties that bind: Text similarities and the diffusion of party policies
1C Finance Stefano Pagliari Mapping advocacy networks in Europe through text-reuse
    Timon Forster Topics of interest: Speech patterns in the IMF's executive board
    James Cross Talking the talk: Exploring conflict in European Central Bank Governing Council speeches using speaker-topic networks
2A Legal Studies Fabian Bohnenberger The practices of multilateral trade diplomacy: A quantitative text analysis
    Kevin Cope Estimating judicial traits from text analysis of expert evaluations
    Reiko Toyosaki Text analysis of intergovernmental committee minutes of intellectual property legal system
2B Europe Sabina Monza Public representations of "Europe" and policy-making in times of crisis. France, Spain and the UK compared
    Magdalena Staniek Should I stay or should I go? Using sentiment analysis to explore the impact of Erasmus+ on students and staff in Irish Higher Education
    Samuel Mueller The amount of information provided by interest groups
    Michal Ovádek What's the talk in Brussels? A dynamic measure of issue attention at the EU Level
2C Social Media Marius Saeltzer Who are you screaming at? Measuring the direction of negative campaigning on Twitter
    Laszlo Horvath Am i being unreasonable? Measuring the emergence of political discussion online
    Jorgen Bolstad Dynamics of issue attention: A study of political responsiveness using social media data
    Nikolas Schoell How social media feedback contributes to gender differences in issue attention
3A Media Framing Martin Moelder An occupant or one of us? Discursive representations of Russian-speakers in the Estonian media 1988 to 2018
    Johannes Gruber Semi-automated content analysis of media frames
    Ana Alonso Curbelo The f(r)ame of terror: A multimodal analysis of terrorism discourse in BBC news media
3B Representation Lucia Motolinia Carballo Electoral accountability and particularistic legislation: Evidence from an electoral reform in Mexico
    Rohan Alexander The decline of state polarisation in the Australian Federal Parliament (1901-2018)
    Thiago Silva The impact of gender quotas on legislative behavior over time
    Martijn Schoonvelde Dynamic responsiveness in political rhetoric
3C Business & Society Guy Laban Textual input value of customer reviews: Text-analysis approach
    Chris Beausang Uncertainty in quantitative literary studies
    Hoang Le Using correlated topic models in automatic job-resume matching
4A Advances in Measurement Marco Martini A method for extracting sentence-level information from structured text documents
    Oul Han Identifying partisan affect online with visual semantic embedding
    Stefan Mueller Scalable analysis of political text using machine learning
    Hugo de Vos Automatic document processing for analyzing legislative processes
4B International Politics Dennis Atzenhofer From ink to blood? Historical newspaper articles on the eve of war
    Kohei Watanabe Making a topic dictionary for semi-supervised classification of the UN speeches
    Kakia Chatsiou Narratives of development and sustainability: Topic modelling of a corpus of United Nations development programme human development reports
    Michael Breen Newsworthy globalisers? International organisations and global public attention
4C Populism & Extremism Frederik Hjorth Establishment responses to populist challenges: Evidence from legislative speech
    David Moore Explaining the variation in right-wing news coverage of immigration: The effect of control on right-wing news coverage of immigration
    Maurits van der Veen The meaning of populism: A multi-country analysis of semantic space using distributed word representations
5A Networks & Attitudes Franziska Keller Extracting political elite networks from unstructured text: The case of the Steele Dossier
    Clark Powers Extracting semantic signatures of latent identity groups in mediated public discourse
    Paul Nulty Semantic network analysis of essentially contested concepts
    Deepak Ajwani Towards quantifying the distance between opinions
5B Legislative Speech Verena Kunz How electoral cycles affect speechmaking in response to competing principals: Evidence from the European Parliament
    Jonathan Lewis Language use in the Philippine House of Representatives
    Jack Blumenau Measuring Influence in Political Debate
    David Wutchiett Patterns of fabrication and dissolution of racial and ethnic social stratification in US congressional political speech between 2006 and 2017