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The role of language in the automatic coding of political texts
Résumé Automatic approaches to coding party manifestos and other political texts have become more widespread. This research note addresses the question to what extent the source language of a text affects the results. To do so, Swiss manifestos in German and French are coded automatically, comparing a keyword-based dictionary approach and Wordscores. Because of language differences, both stemming and particularly stop words are important to obtain comparable results for Wordscores. If both are used, the predicted scores are almost identical in both languages. With the right preparations, the challenge of language differences can thus be overcome.
   
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Citation Ruedin, D. (2013). The role of language in the automatic coding of political texts. Swiss Political Science Review, 19(4), 539-545.
   
Type Article de périodique (Anglais)
Date de publication 2013
Nom du périodique Swiss Political Science Review
Volume 19
Numéro 4
Pages 539-545
URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/spsr.12050
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