Corpus ID: 52154541

"Read My Lips": Using Automatic Text Analysis to Classify Politicians by Party and Ideology

@article{SapiroGheiler2018ReadML,
  title={"Read My Lips": Using Automatic Text Analysis to Classify Politicians by Party and Ideology},
  author={Eitan Sapiro-Gheiler},
  journal={ArXiv},
  year={2018},
  volume={abs/1809.00741}
}
The increasing digitization of political speech has opened the door to studying a new dimension of political behavior using text analysis. [...] Key Method Applying machine learning techniques, we use this data to automatically classify senators according to party, obtaining accuracy in the 70-95% range depending on the specific method used. We also show that using text to predict DW-NOMINATE scores, a common proxy for ideology, does not improve upon these already-successful results. This classification…Expand
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