A frame of mind: Using statistical models for detection of framing and agenda setting campaigns

Oren Tsur, Dan Calacci, David Lazer

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Abstract

Framing is a sophisticated form of discourse in which the speaker tries to induce a cognitive bias through consistent linkage between a topic and a specific context (frame). We build on political science and communication theory and use probabilistic topic models combined with time series regression analysis (autoregressive distributed-lag models) to gain insights about the language dynamics in the political processes. Processing four years of public statements issued by members of the U.S. Congress, our results provide a glimpse into the complex dynamic processes of framing, attention shifts and agenda setting, commonly known asspin'. We further provide new evidence for the divergence in party discipline in U.S. politics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACL-IJCNLP 2015 - 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing, Proceedings of the Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Pages1629-1638
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781941643723
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing, ACL-IJCNLP 2015 - Beijing, China
Duration: 26 Jul 201531 Jul 2015

Publication series

NameACL-IJCNLP 2015 - 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing, Proceedings of the Conference
Volume1

Conference

Conference53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing, ACL-IJCNLP 2015
Country/TerritoryChina
CityBeijing
Period26/07/1531/07/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software

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