Upcoming presentation at MPSA Conference in Chicago

Susumu Shikano will present a paper "Ballot Sequence and Choice Set Effects on Voting in Mixed-Member Electoral Systems" (co-authored with Erik Herron, West Virginia University) at the upcoming annual conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, 4.-7. April 2019 in Chicago.

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New Publication in Proceedings of 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)

In the paper "Characterizing Political Talk on Twitter: A Comparison Between Public Agenda, Media Agendas, and the Twitter Agenda with Regard to Topics and Dynamics", we show that prominent topics discussed during an election campaign in Germany diverged strongly, depending on whether they were identified based on Twitter messages, mass media coverage, or survey responses. It seems futile to expect social media to mirror political reality truly. It appears more fruitful to use differences in the...

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Funding for New Interdisciplinary Project on Media Bias

The Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften has awarded a 3-year research grant for an interdisciplinary research project entitled "Fake News and Collective Decision Making: Rapid Automated Assessment of Media Bias". The project will be carried out jointly by the team of Karsten Donnay (Politics and Public Administration) and Bela Gipp (Computer Science).

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New Article in International Journal on Digital Libraries

The article "Automated Identification of Media Bias in News Articles: An Interdisciplinary Literature Review" co-authored by Felix Hamborg, Karsten Donnay and Bela Gipp reviews the state-of-the-art in the automated study of bias in news media articles bringing together the latest insights from research in both social and computer science.

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New Article in Behavior Research Methods

The article "The Rippling Dynamics of Valenced Messages in Naturalistic Youth Chat" co-authored by Seth Frey, Karsten Donnay, Dirk Helbing, Robert Sumner and Maarten Bos performs a quasi-experimental analysis of hundreds of millions of chat room messages between young people. This allowed us to reconstruct how—and on what timeline—the valence of one message affects the valence of subsequent messages by others.

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