Why So Similar?

Uncovering social semantics from textual traces: A theory-driven approach and evidence from public statements of U.S. Members of Congress Yu-Ru Lin, Drew Margolin & David Lazer The increasing abundance of digital textual archives provides an opportunity for...
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Uncovering social semantics from textual traces: A theory-driven approach and evidence from public statements of U.S. Members of Congress

Yu-Ru Lin, Drew Margolin & David Lazer The increasing abundance of digital textual archives provides an opportunity for understanding human social systems. Yet the literature has not adequately considered the disparate social processes by which texts are produced....
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Terrorism and the spread of fear

Can social media reveal the emotional reverberations of terrorist attacks? The ripple of fear, sympathy and solidarity during the Boston bombings Yu-Ru Lin and Drew Margolin Abstract: The Boston Marathon bombing presents a rare opportunity to study how a disruptive...
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Does Twitter Democratize Discourse?

Rising Tides or Rising Stars?: Dynamics of Shared Attention on Twitter during Media Events Yu-Ru Lin, Brian Keegan, Drew Margolin & David Lazer Abstract: “Media events” generate conditions of shared attention as many users simultaneously tune in with the dual...
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Detecting Cooperation from Phrase Sharing

Jon Stewart often mocks the contorted phrases and talking points repeated by politicians.  Can we detect this strategic coordination of language?   Tracing Coordination and Cooperation Structures via Semantic Burst Detection Yu-Ru Lin, Drew Margolin & David...
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Social Snoping

  No one likes being corrected, even (or perhaps especially) when they are wrong.  When and how do people respond to being corrected by others?   Get back! You don’t know me like that: The social mediation of fact checking interventions in Twitter...
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Real Time Reactions to Political Debates

  How does partisanship or professional status influence the way people react to presidential debates? Voices of victory: a computational focus group framework for tracking opinion shift in real time Yu-Ru Lin, Drew Margolin, Brian Keegan  & David Lazer...
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Social Structure Influences Language Choice

  How does the structure of the audience influence the way scientists choose to articulate their claims? Conceptual Retention in Epistemic Communities: Examining the Role of Social Structure Drew Margolin & Peter Monge This paper proposes a theoretical...
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Rules Influence Networks

  After the U.N. ratified its Convention on Children's Rights, the children's rights organizations changed their partnering logic.     Normative influences on network structure in the evolution of the children’s rights NGO network, 1977-2004 Drew...
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The emergence of novel hashtags

  Something unexpected creates a stir on Twitter.  Which hashtags win the competition to own the conversation?   #Bigbirds Never Die: Understanding Social Dynamics of Emergent Hashtags Yu-Ru Lin, Drew Margolin, Brian Keegan, Andrea Baronchelli  & David...
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About

The internet, and social media in particular, have made individual and institutional discourse visible like never before. Yet the production of discourse — what leads individuals or institutions to speak up, whom do they address, what do they say — is not yet well understood. Our research focuses on understanding these dynamics through the quantitative aggregation of collective communication behavior.

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