Month: February 2015

Reflections on IPS seminar: Assessing the rationality of political online space

Whilst these are certainly interesting findings, I personally find the use of a purely quantitative approach to be highly limited. I could tell from the presentation that this quantitative approach, utilizing keyword analysis and numerical classification algorithms, tended to leave out nuances in meaning and intent. To put it bluntly, the purely quantitative analysis misses the forest for the trees. It even makes mountains out of molehills because it tends to exaggerate certain characteristic about blog postings simply based on keyword repetition and usage, without taking into account context and intent.