Research Update: Data Collection

For my Tech 621 final project, I am researching Congressional Tweeting habits. My progress has been slower than I would like, but I think I’m finally getting through much of the data collection.

I’m content analyzing the Tweets of 4 Senators: Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Tom Coburn (R-OK), John Kerry (D-MA), and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) on a 4-month time period. I’m trying to categorize each Tweet into 3 keywords: What the Tweet addresses, an issue area, and why the Tweet was sent.  For example a Tweet could be about Congress, more specifically about Economics, and it was about a piece of legislation being discussed.

Because of the nature of the social sciences, I’d like to keep the rest confidential for right now. For those of you who are not understanding what I mean, social scientists have a tendency to steal ideas from each other. Because this is online and a potentially revolutionary idea, I’m not going to delve too much further into specifics. I will tell you that I’m probably 30-40% of the way through my data analysis. I may be slightly behind schedule on the data, but I’ll have a draft done in time for the Dec. 1 deadline.

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About Mike Brownstein

I'm a Political Science MA student, and taking Tech 621 at Purdue University
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2 Responses to Research Update: Data Collection

  1. Mihaela says:

    thank you for the update!

  2. I like your idea, very specific goal, and clear categories for the data. My data is a mess…

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