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Speak of the Rival: Opponent References in the Republican Primary Debates

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 8:23 PM

There has been much discussion of the interactions between the presidential candidates during the recent general-election debates. Though interesting, when only two candidates are on the stage their interactions are fairly predictable. Perhaps more interesting are the interactions between primary candidates, who are often more numerous. Do weaker candidates focus...

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Going Negative (or Postive): Sentiment Analysis on the 2012 Republican Primary Transcripts

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 8:48 AM

Positive versus negative campaigning is a common discussion topic in politics. The 2012 campaign has so far been described as highly negative, perhaps the most negative ever. Political scientists treat claims such as these skeptically -- Centre government professor Dr. Benjamin Knoll will point...

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Putting Words Together: Text and Topics in the Republican Primary Debates

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 3:23 PM

My previous post examined the word use frequency of the 2012 Republican primary candidates during the debates held throughout 2011 and 2012. We also employed two more complex forms of association: word adjacency (words frequently spoken together in sequence), and a looser notion of clustering by words (statements...

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Foreign Policy and Footwear: A Word-Frequency Analysis of the Republican Primary Debates

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 9:27 AM

As Centre College prepares excitedly for the Vice Presidential Debate on Oct. 11, its government and computer science programs have collaborated on a research project that applies natural language processing and text mining techniques to the transcripts of the Republican primary debates. The debates provide a source of speech from...

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