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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)

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Abstract/Summary

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.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Language and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Economics
Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Computer Science
ID Code:48226

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