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Complex Politics: A Quantitative Semantic and Topological Analysis of UK House of Commons Debates

@article{Gurciullo2015ComplexPA,
  title={Complex Politics: A Quantitative Semantic and Topological Analysis of UK House of Commons Debates},
  author={Stefano Gurciullo and Michael Smallegan and M. Pereda and F. Battiston and Alice Patania and S. Poledna and Daniel Hedblom and Bahattin Tolga {\"O}ztan and Alexander Herzog and Peter John and Slava Mikhaylov Jankin},
  journal={ArXiv},
  year={2015},
  volume={abs/1510.03797}
}
This study is a first, exploratory attempt to use quantitative semantics techniques and topological analysis to analyze systemic patterns arising in a complex political system. In particular, we use a rich data set covering all speeches and debates in the UK House of Commons between 1975 and 2014. By the use of dynamic topic modeling (DTM) and topological data analysis (TDA) we show that both members and parties feature specific roles within the system, consistent over time, and extract global… Expand
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