This project will be a computational analysis, done primarily in R, of political discourse on Twitter during the US Presidential Elections. A combination of network analysis and discourse analysis, using Bayesian methodologies and sentiment analysis, are currently being explored. See the exploratory code on GitHub here.
I was fortunate enough to write a guest blog on my research at the University of Toronto for Samara Canada, an organization dedicated to enhancing democratic participation in Canada.
Over the last few decades, polls have shown citizens’ decreasing levels of trust and engagement in the Canadian political process. This trend comes at a time when the improvement of online technologies such as forums, social media and chats is allowing a new kind of dialogue between political parties and citizens. Is the online public sphere a viable avenue for reviving citizen engagement and influence in Canadian politics?
Read the full article here.