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Preliminary Semantic Analysis of Political Blogs Maojin Jiang and Shlomo Argamon

Summary: Preliminary Semantic Analysis of Political Blogs
Maojin Jiang and Shlomo Argamon
Linguistic Cognition Lab, Computer Science Department, Illinois Institute of Technology
10 West 31st Street, Chicago, IL 60616 USA
{jianmao, argamon}@iit.edu
In this paper, we present a series of semantic analyses of
words in political blogs in the setting of categorization of
two opposite political orientations: liberal vs. conservative.
We classify nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs into seman-
tic categories by using the General Inquirer dictionary. Then
distributions of these categories and correlations among them
are examined both within and between blogs of the two op-
posite political leanings. Results show that although words
of certain categories tend to appear together while others do
not within blogs of a political leaning, the semantic category
distribution of words used by left-wing bloggers is very sim-
ilar to those by right-wing bloggers, suggesting single words
alone do not account for major difference between these two
major categories of blogs. Lastly, by examining preliminary


Source: Argamon, Shlomo - Department of Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences