English title: Identifying Events Using Computer-Assisted Text Analysis

Author(s): Juliane Landmann - Cornelia Zuell -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2008


Events such as elections, significant changes in laws, but also extreme weather conditions, may affect societal values and, consequently, public opinion. Accordingly, a central assumption for public opinion surveys is that respondents' behavior is influenced by significant events. It is therefore necessary to consider the impact of potential events when designing a survey and, whenever possible, to control for these. To support the documentation of such societal events, the authors have developed a procedure to identify events using computer-assisted text analysis. Event words are selected and grouped by means of exploratory factor analysis based on a comparison of a large text corpus that forms the reference for a smaller text corpus consisting of media items on significant events. As a result, the factors represent significant events during a specific time period.

Volume: 26

Issue: 4

From page no: 483

To page no: 497

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1177/0894439307313703

Journal: Social science computer review