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Classifying Political Orientation on Twitter: It's Not Easy!

Classifying Political Orientation on Twitter: It's Not Easy!

This video was recorded at 7th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM), Boston 2013. Numerous papers have reported great success at inferring the political orientation of Twitter users. This paper has some unfortunate news to deliver: while past work has been sound and often methodologically novel, we have discovered that reported accuracies have been systemically overoptimistic due to the way in which validation datasets have been collected, reporting accuracy levels nearly 30% higher than can be expected in populations of general Twitter users. Using careful and novel data collection and annotation techniques, we collected three different sets of Twitter users, each characterizing a different degree of political engagement on Twitter - from politicians (highly... Show More

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