Detecting Macro-patterns in the European Mediasphere

Ilias Flaounas, Marco Turchi, Nello Cristianini

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The analysis of the contents of news outlets has been the focus of social scientists for a long time. However, content analysis is often performed on hand-coded documents, which limits the size of the data accessible to the investigation and consequently limits the possibility of detecting macro-trends. The use of text categorisation, clustering and statistical machine translation (SMT) enables us to operate automatically on vast amounts of news items, and consequently to analyse patterns in the content of outlets in different languages, over long time periods. We report on experiments involving hundreds of European media in 22 different languages, demonstrating how it is possible to detect similarities and differences between outlets, and between countries, based on the contents of their articles.
Translated title of the contributionDetecting Macro-patterns in the European Mediasphere
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Joint Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISBN (Print)978-0-7695-3801-3
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2009

Bibliographical note

ISBN: 9780769538013
Publisher: IEEE Computer Society
Name and Venue of Conference: Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology, IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on
Other identifier: 2001105

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