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Friedolin MERHOUT (Université de Copenhague) – “Airsent. A Sentiment Dictionary for the Social Sciences On site and on-line”

April 6, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Sociology seminar – Thursdays

Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm 
Date: 6th of April 2023
Place: room 3105 + Zoom

Friedolin Merhout (University of Copenhagen) – “Airsent. A Sentiment Dictionary for the Social Sciences On site and on-line”


The growth and accessibility of textual data from online sources holds great promise for a variety of social scientific applications. At the same time, the volume of these newly available data poses challenges to traditional social science methods and calls for different approaches. These quantitative or automated text analysis approaches range from long-standing techniques such as keyword counts to novel unsupervised methods for topic discovery. Among these techniques, dictionary-based sentiment analysis is particularly suited for the study of social relations but existing dictionaries suffer from known limitations for these applications. This talk will outline a project combining online rating and review data from Airbnb with crowd-sourced sentiment evaluations to generate a sentiment dictionary specifically tailored to the study of social relations.

Organizers: Hadrien Le Mer, Etienne Ollion, Patrick Präg (CREST Sociology unit)

Sponsors: CREST

Link to seminar: https://liu-se.zoom.us/j/68736427875