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Fightin' Words: Lexical Feature Selection and Evaluation for Identifying the Content of Political Conflict


Burt L. Monroe


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Michael P. Colaresi


Michigan State University

Kevin M. Quinn


UC Berkeley School of Law

Autumn 2008

Political Analysis, Vol. 16, Issue 4, pp. 372-403, 2008

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Entries in the burgeoning “text-as-data” movement are often accompanied by lists or visualizations of how word (or other lexical feature) usage differs across some pair or set of documents. These are intended either to establish some target semantic concept (like the content of partisan frames) to estimate word-specific measures that feed forward into another analysis (like locating parties in ideological space) or both. We discuss a variety of techniques for selecting words that capture partisan, or other, differences in political speech and for evaluating the relative importance of those words. We introduce and emphasize several new approaches based on Bayesian shrinkage and regularization. We illustrate the relative utility of these approaches with analyses of partisan, gender, and distributive speech in the U.S. Senate.

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Monroe, Burt L. and Colaresi, Michael P. and Quinn, Kevin M., Fightin' Words: Lexical Feature Selection and Evaluation for Identifying the Content of Political Conflict (Autumn 2008). Political Analysis, Vol. 16, Issue 4, pp. 372-403, 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1448450 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pan/mpn018

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Burt L. Monroe (Contact Author)
affiliation not provided to SSRN
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Michael P. Colaresi
Michigan State University ( email )
East Lansing, MI 48824
United States
Kevin M. Quinn
UC Berkeley School of Law ( email )
215 Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States
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