Mining Social Media for Presidential Primary Insights

An election-themed hackathon last month drew students from across the Columbia campus. (Robert Dessau) More people now get their political news from social media than network news, radio or newspapers, a new report by the Pew Research Center finds. But how that’s shaped the presidential primaries so far is anyone’s guess. Greg Wawro, a political scientist at Columbia University, organized a hackathon last month to explore the question. Five teams of students sifted through 60,000 records tied to the presidential primaries, ranging from candidate press releases to posts on Twitter, Facebook and You Tube, to see how candidates used the medium to their advantage. The time period under analysis—April through December—saw at least three outsiders emerge as serious contenders: Donald Trump and Ben Carson on the right, and Vermont senator…

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