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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,…

Sources Tool Updated (v1.6.0)

On May 4, 2016, Posted by , In updates, With No Comments

We just released a new version of the Sources tool. This update (version 1.6.0) makes it easier to jump to queries on the Dashboard.  You can click the big “Search Now” button to jump to a search of that media set or source right away.  Or you can click on any point in the “Sentences Over Time” chart to jump right to a Dashboard search for that week. If you find any problems please email us (mediameter…

Sources Tool Updated (v1.4.0)

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

We just released a new version of the Sources tool. This update (version 1.4.0) gives you a better sense of the type of coverage for each media source or set.  It shows you a geographic heat map indicating which countries are mentioned more often.  It also shows you a word cloud indicating what words are used most in the coverage.  Like the Dashboard, both of these are based on a sampling of all of the sentences from that media source…

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…

Sources Tool Updated to v1.2.0

On March 24, 2016, Posted by , In updates, With No Comments

We just released a new version of the Sources tool. This update (version 1.2.0) helps you assess the health of any particular source. You can see we’re doing well in our coverage of the New York Times, but our coverage of the Washington Post isn’t quite as good.  Our coverage of the Christian Science Monitor shows how they tend to take a week long break around Christmas each year 🙂 If you find any problems please email…

Dashboard Updated to v1.16.2

On February 26, 2016, Posted by , In updates, With No Comments

We just released a new version of the Dashboard tool. This update (version 1.16.2) adds one small feature – the ability to export your search as a Solr query for use on the .  Click on the new sharing arrow and you’ll get a popup with text you can copy and paste into the core search page.If you find any problems please email us (mediameter [ at ] media.mit.edu) or file a new bug on our GitHub repository –…

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…

Bridges or Hate-Links? The Meaning of Common Links in Media Conflict

On November 4, 2015, Posted by , In research, With No Comments

By Alyssa Smith and Nathan Matias When groups have strong disagreements online, we tend to worry about echo chambers — the possibility that each group is having conversations that are isolated from each other. If these echo chambers persist, might an agreement ever be reached? These worries extend to echo chambers in personalization algorithms (Sunstein 2014), echo chambers in social news sharing (Pariser 2011; Bakshy, Messing, Adamic 2015), and echo chambers in the link structure…

Dashboard Updated to v1.16.1

On October 13, 2015, Posted by , In updates, With No Comments

We just released a new version of the Dashboard tool.  This update (version 1.16.1) adds a bunch of new features: it now shows a heatmap of countries mentioned for certain sources you can use a color picker to set the color of each query you can name and save queries colors are maintained for reloads and saved queries re-enabled CSV download of data behind the word cloud Read the official list of bugs fixes if you want more info. If you find any problems…