Type

Conference Proceedings

Authors

Alan F. Smeaton
Adam Bermingham

Subjects

Linguistics

Topics
sentiment analysis machine learning information technology artificial intelligence computational linguistics general election social media world wide web

On using Twitter to monitor political sentiment and predict election results (2011)

Abstract The body of content available on Twitter undoubtedly contains a diverse range of political insight and commentary. But, to what extent is this representative of an electorate? Can we model political sentiment effectively enough to capture the voting intentions of a nation during an election capaign? We use the recent Irish General Election as a case study for investigating the potential to model political sentiment through mining of social media. Our approach combines sentiment analysis using supervised learning and volume-based measures. We evaluate against the conventional election polls and the final election result. We find that social analytics using both volume-based measures and sentiment analysis are predictive and wemake a number of observations related to the task of monitoring public sentiment during an election campaign, including examining a variety of sample sizes, time periods as well as methods for qualitatively exploring the underlying content.
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Alan F. Smeaton, Adam Bermingham

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