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ElectionWatch: Detecting Patterns In News Coverage of US Elections

Saatviga Sudhahar, Thomas Lansdall-Welfare, Ilias Flaounas, Nello Cristianini, ElectionWatch: Detecting Patterns In News Coverage of US Elections. Proceedings of the 13th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL), pp. 82–86. April 2012. No electronic version available.

Abstract

We present a web tool that allows users to explore news stories concerning the 2012 US Presidential Elections via an interactive interface. The tool is based on concepts of a??narrative analysisa??, where the key actors of a narration are identified, along with their relations, in what are sometimes called a??semantic tripletsa?? (an example of a triplet of this kind is a??Romney Criticised Obamaa??). The network of actors and their relations can be mined for insights about the structure of the narration, including the identification of the key players, of the network of political support for each of them, a representation of the similarity of their political positions, and other information concerning their role in the media narration of events. The interactive interface allows the users to retrieve news reports supporting the relations of interest.

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