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Can we predict electoral outcomes from Wikipedia traffic?

Can we predict electoral outcomes from Wikipedia traffic?

As digital technologies become increasingly integrated into the fabric of social life their ability to generate large amounts of information about the opinions and activities of the population increases. The opportunities in this area are enormous: predictions based on socially generated data are much cheaper than conventional opinion polling, offer the potential to avoid classic […]

Brexit, voting, and political turbulence

Cross-posted from the Princeton University Press blog. The authors of Political Turbulence discuss how the explosive rise, non-normal distribution and lack of organization that characterizes contemporary politics as a chaotic system, can explain why many political mobilizations of our times seem to come from nowhere. On 23rd June 2016, a majority of the British public voted in a […]

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Topic modelling content from the “Everyday Sexism” project: what’s it all about?

We recently announced the start of an exciting new research project that will involve the use of topic modelling in understanding the patterns in submitted stories to the Everyday Sexism website. Here, we briefly explain our text analysis approach, “topic modelling”. At its very core, topic modelling is a technique that seeks to automatically discover the topics contained within a group […]

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Creating a semantic map of sexism worldwide: topic modelling of content from the “Everyday Sexism” project

When barrister Charlotte Proudman recently spoke out regarding a sexist comment that she had received on the professional networking website LinkedIn, hundreds of women praised her actions in highlighting the issue of workplace sexism – and many of them began to tell similar stories of their own. It soon became apparent that Proudman was not […]

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Using Wikipedia as PR is a problem, but our lack of a critical eye is worse

That Wikipedia is used for less-than scrupulously neutral purposes shouldn’t surprise us – our lack of critical eye that’s the real problem. Reposted from The Conversation.   If you heard that a group of people were creating, editing, and maintaining Wikipedia articles related to brands, firms and individuals, you could point out, correctly, that this […]

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After dinner: the best time to create 1.5 million dollars of ground-breaking science

Citizen science refers to collaborative research undertaken by professional scientists and the public. Since it first launched (as ‘Galaxy Zoo’) in 2007, the Zooniverse has grown into the world’s largest citizen science platform, with more than 25 science projects and over a million volunteer citizen scientists. The OII’s Khairunnisa Haji Ibrahim, Taha Yasseri, and Samuel Khodursky (Oxford Dept Physics) discuss initial findings from a project on the taxonomy and ecology of contributions to the Zooniverse, which examines the geographical, gender and temporal patterns of contributions and contributors to 17 Zooniverse projects.

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Wikipedia sockpuppetry: linking accounts to real people is pure speculation

Conservative chairman Grant Shapps is accused of sockpuppetry on Wikipedia, but this former Wikipedia admin isn’t so sure the evidence stands up. Reposted from The Conversation. Wikipedia has become one of the most highly linked-to websites on the internet, with countless others using it as a reference. But it can be edited by anyone, and […]

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