Social Data Analysis Tool: A Demonstrative Case Study of Methodology and Software

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As governments, citizens and organizations have moved online there is an increasing need for academic enquiry to adapt to this new context for communication and political action. This adaptation is crucially dependent on researchers being equipped with the necessary methodological tools to extract, analyze and visualize patterns of web activity. This volume profiles the latest techniques being employed by social scientists to collect and interpret data from some of the most popular social media applications, the political parties' own online activist spaces, and the wider system of hyperlinks that structure the inter-connections between these sites. Including contributions from a range of academic disciplines including Political Science, Media and Communication Studies, Economics, and Computer Science, this study showcases a new methodological approach that has been expressly designed to capture and analyze web data in the process of investigating substantive questions.

Publication information

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnalyzing Social Media Data and Web Networks
EditorsMarta Cantijoch, Rachel Gibson, Stephen Ward
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2014
ISBN (Print)9781137276766
ISBN (Electronic)9781137276773
StatePublished - 2014

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