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API Updated – word count languages

On May 9, 2016, Posted by , In updates, With No Comments

We have updated the api to better support languages in the wc/list word counting end point. Before this update, the language for stemming and stopwording had to be specified explicitly in the api call. Now if the user does not specify a language for the api call, the api call will detect the languages used by the returned text and use those languages for stemming and stopwording, as specificed in the updated api spec: By default,…

API updates – media health and story counting

On March 30, 2016, Posted by , In updates, With No Comments

We have added a couple new end points to the api and removed some others: New endpoints api/v2/mediahealth/list – Return information about the health of a media source, meaning to what degree we are capturing all of the stories published by that media source. We judge health by just comparing the volume of a given time period to the average volume of the 20 busiest weeks for the media source. Details about the meaning of…

Politics Not Patients

On November 12, 2015, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

This post is the second in a series that will present work done by participants of the Media Cloud Summer Data Challenge this past summer. Politics Not Patients By Katie Ida and Julia Wejchert When it comes to news coverage of abortion related topics, women are often left out of the picture. Instead, the visuals paired with abortion news stories favor contentious politics, and the men who run them. In the one-thousand most linked to news…

Moral Foundations in Partisan News Sources

On November 5, 2015, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

This post is the first in a series that will present work done by participants of the Media Cloud Summer Data Challenge this past summer. Moral Foundation Theory Although almost everyone agrees that some things are morally good and some things are morally bad, the specific form of these beliefs can differ throughout the population. What is egregious to one person: harming marginalized communities, banning sugary soft drinks, refusing to go to church, etc.; can…

Summer Data Challenge Presentation

On August 21, 2015, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

We invite the public to the MIT Center for Civic Media this Monday, August 24, from 4:00 – 5:30 for a presentation of the results of our summer data challenge. In April, we announced our summer data challenge and called for proposals from teams to spend the summer producing research using our data and tools. We were overwhelmed by the large number of terrific proposals, and we ended up inviting 11 teams to participate in…

Data Challenge Update

On May 23, 2015, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

Winners will be announced on May 26. We are happily overwhelmed by the number of excellent proposals for our data challenge, so we are pushing the announcement of winners back to Tuesday, May 26. On Tuesday, we will announce the list of winners here, as well as directly emailing everyone who submitted a proposal. Apologies and thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal.

Russian Blogs as an Alternative Public Sphere

On May 21, 2014, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

We are proud to release our analysis of the role of blogs in the Russian public sphere.  Applying a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, we investigate whether Russian blogs represent an alternative public sphere distinct from web-based Russian government information sources and the mainstream media. Based on data collected over a one-year period (December 2010 through December 2011) from thousands of Russian political blogs and other media sources, we compare the cosine similarity of…