Measuring Elite Personality Using Speech

Forthcoming, Political Science Research and Methods

88 Pages Posted: 14 May 2015 Last revised: 26 Feb 2016

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Adam Ramey

New York University Abu Dhabi

Jonathan Klingler

Vanderbilt University

Gary Hollibaugh

University of Notre Dame - Department of Political Science

Date Written: February 15, 2016

Abstract

We apply recent advances in machine learning to measure Congressmember personality traits using floor speeches from 1996-2014. We also demonstrate the superiority of text-based measurement over survey-based measurement by showing that personality traits are correlated with survey response rates for members of Congress. Finally, we provide one empirical application showcasing the importance of personality on Congressional behavior.

Keywords: machine learning, political psychology, Congress, text analysis

Suggested Citation

Ramey, Adam and Klingler, Jonathan and Hollibaugh, Gary, Measuring Elite Personality Using Speech (February 15, 2016). Forthcoming, Political Science Research and Methods. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2605644 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2605644

Adam Ramey (Contact Author)

New York University Abu Dhabi ( email )

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Abu Dhabi
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Jonathan Klingler

Vanderbilt University ( email )

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Gary Hollibaugh

University of Notre Dame - Department of Political Science ( email )

2060 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Notre Dame, IN 46556
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.garyhollibaugh.com

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