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

Matthew Gidcomb | Posted 01.20.2013 | College
Matthew Gidcomb

Can the number of times a candidate is mentioned affect their prospects, or is it the other way around? We sought to examine some of these questions by studying opponent references in the 2012 Republican primary debates.

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

Matthew Gidcomb | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Matthew Gidcomb

Disclaimers aside, let's see what emerges when we analyze the Republican primary debate text using a very simple automated sentiment analysis technique.

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

Matthew Gidcomb | Posted 12.09.2012 | College
Matthew Gidcomb

Manually determining the political topic of each statement from the debates would be a long, labor-intensive process, and seems a perfect candidate for a computational solution.

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

Matthew Gidcomb | Posted 08.08.2012 | College
Matthew Gidcomb

While he uses it only seven times, no other candidate does, so it has a high weight here. In this case, it not only points us to a phrase unique to the candidate but also a position -- non-interventionist foreign policy -- on which he differs from the rest of the Republican field.