Mining web query logs to analyze political issues

Ingmar Weber, Venkata Rama Kiran Garimella, Erik Borra

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Abstract

We present a novel approach to using anonymized web search query logs to analyze and visualize political issues. Our starting point is a list of politically annotated blogs (left vs. right). We use this list to assign a numerical political leaning to queries leading to clicks on these blogs. Furthermore, we map queries to Wikipedia articles and to fact-checked statements from politifact.com, as well as applying sentiment analysis to search results. With this rich, multi-faceted data set we obtain novel graphical visualizations of issues and discover connections between the different variables. Our findings include (i) an interest in "the other side" where queries about Democrat politicians have a right leaning and vice versa, (ii) evidence that "lies are catchy" and that queries pertaining to false statements are more likely to attract large volumes, and (iii) the observation that the more right-leaning a query it is, the more negative sentiments can be found in its search results.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd Annual ACM Web Science Conference, WebSci'12
Pages330-339
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd Annual ACM Web Science Conference, WebSci 2012 - Evanston, IL, United States
Duration: 22 Jun 201224 Jun 2012

Other

Other3rd Annual ACM Web Science Conference, WebSci 2012
CountryUnited States
CityEvanston, IL
Period22/6/1224/6/12

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Keywords

  • Opinion mining and sentiment analysis
  • Partisanship
  • Political leaning
  • Web search logs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

Cite this

Weber, I., Garimella, V. R. K., & Borra, E. (2012). Mining web query logs to analyze political issues. In Proceedings of the 3rd Annual ACM Web Science Conference, WebSci'12 (pp. 330-339) https://doi.org/10.1145/2380718.2380761