• Who said it first – Congress or the press?

    by  • April 22, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Sometimes Congress, sometimes the press, it turns out. Matt Shapiro and I wrote a paper for this month’s Midwest Political Science Association meeting in which we analyzed the timing of tweets with hashtags and New York Times articles with keywords and found … news coverage and Twitter activity from the previous day are good predictors...

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    Collecting and Connection On- and Offline Political Network Data

    by  • April 15, 2014 • 0 Comments

    I gave a talk at the DIMACS Workshop on Building Communities for Transforming Social Media Research Through New Approaches for Collecting, Analyzing, and Exploring Social Media Data at Rutgers University last week. Here are my slides and roughly what I said: Connecting and Collecting On and Offline Political Network Data from Libby Hemphill Many of...

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    Fetching articles from the New York Times API

    by  • March 21, 2014 • 0 Comments

    I’m working on a paper for the Midwest Political Science Association meeting in which we analyze whether policy issues appear first in Congress’s tweets on in the popular press. We’re using all articles from the New York Times, including those from the Associated Press, Reuters, and other providers, as “popular press” content. In order...

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    Paper, Panel, and Workshop at CSCW 2014

    by  • November 9, 2013 • 0 Comments

    I’ll be jumping back into work next semester. What better way to kick off my return than a trip to CSCW 2014 in Baltimore?! I’m organizing the Feminism and Social Media Research Workshop on Sunday, participating in the panel The Ethos and Pragmatics of Data Sharing, and presenting a paper called Tweet Acts: How...

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    Scale and the Analysis of Large Text Databases

    by  • November 3, 2013 • 0 Comments

    I gave a talk Friday as part of IIT’s Social Networks and Innovation conference, and here are the slides: Basically, my talk was an overview of three projects that analyze subsets of my big Twitter data. You can Framing in Social Media now, and papers from the others are waiting for publishers’ OK to...

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    Setting up an EC2 instance for TwitterGoggles

    by  • May 13, 2013 • 0 Comments

    TwitterGoggles requires Python 3.3. I’m new to Python, and 3.3 is (relatively) new to everyone. So, getting help is both necessary and challenging. I want to run TwitterGoggles on Amazon EC2 instances, so I’m setting up an AMI that has all of the requirements: gcc 4.6.3 git 1.8.1.4 mlocate 0.22.2 MySQL 5.5 Python 3.3...

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    Two Python scripts for gathering Twitter data

    by  • March 28, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Anyone who has talked to me about my research in the last year and a half knows I’m constantly frustrated by the challenges of capturing and storing Twitter data (not to mention sharing – that’s another blog post). I hired a couple of undergrads to help me write scripts to automatically collect data and...

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    Who in Congress talks to Each Other?

    by  • February 7, 2013 • 0 Comments

    On Twitter, at least, most of the communication is between members of the same party. That’s not all that surprising given the polarized Congress and a slew of recent social science findings about homogeneous connections among users. I still think it’s interesting though. A couple months ago I blogged about using geometric mean instead of...

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    UPDATED: Why didn’t the isolates go away?

    by  • January 30, 2013 • 0 Comments

    I’m giving in. I’m finally learning how to do social network analysis R. What made me switch (from only UCINet and NodeXL)? Well, all my data lives in a MySQL database, and I have networks with millions of edges. R makes it really easy to connect to MySQL and create a data frame from...

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