Chapter 3

Discovery of Emergent Issues and Controversies in Anthropology Using Text Mining, Topic Modeling, and Social Network Analysis of Microblog Content

Ben Marwick,    Department of Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle, USA


R is a convenient tool for analyzing text content to discover emergent issues and controversies in diverse corpora. In this case study, I investigate the use of Twitter at a major conference of professional and academic anthropologists. Using R I identify the demographics of the community, the structure of the community of Twitter-using anthropologists, and the topics that dominate the Twitter messages. I describe a series of statistical methods for handling a large corpus of Twitter messages that might ...

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