Big social data and political sentiment: the tweet stream during the UK General Election 2015 campaign
Di Fatta, G., Reade, J., Jaworska, S. and Nanda, A. (2015) Big social data and political sentiment: the tweet stream during the UK General Election 2015 campaign. In: The 8th IEEE International Conference on Social Computing and Networking (SocialCom 2015), Dec. 19-21, 2015, Chengdu, China. (In Press)
The General Election for the 56th United Kingdom Parliament was held on 7 May 2015. Tweets related to UK politics, not only those with the specific hashtag ”#GE2015”, have been collected in the period between March 1 and May 31, 2015. The resulting dataset contains over 28 million tweets for a total of 118 GB in uncompressed format or 15 GB in compressed format. This study describes the method that was used to collect the tweets and presents some analysis, including a political sentiment index, and outlines interesting research directions on Big Social Data based on Twitter microblogging.