5th Annual Text as Data Conference
October 10-11, 2014
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Wieboldt Hall
339 E. Chicago Avenue, Room 348
Chicago, IL  60611


 Conference Organizer:  Daniel Diermeier
Conference Administrator:  Peggy Cornog


Friday, October 10, 2014

All sessions to be held in Room 348

7:15 – 8:15am           Continental Breakfast - Room 362

8:15 – 8:30am           Welcome from Daniel Diermeier, Conference Chair

8:30 – 10:00am         Session 1:  Where Politicians Lie (in ideological space)

Benjamin Lauderdale, London School of Economics - "Measuring Political Positions from Legislative Debate Texts on Heterogenous Topics".  Co-author:  Alexander Herzog, Clemson University.

Jonathan Dunn, Illinois Institute of Technology - "Predicting Political Ideology from Congressional Speeches".  Co-author:  Shlomo Argamon, Illinois Institute of Technology

Discussant:  Paul Kellstedt, Texas A&M

10:00 – 10:15am       Break - Room 362

10:15 – 11:45am Session 2:  True Lies:  Propaganda and Politics

Molly Roberts, UC - San Diego - "What the "Big" Picture Reveals About Governments:  Scalable Text Analysis of Millions of Newspapers in China".  Co-author:  Brandon Stewart, Harvard University

Michael Gill and Arthur Spirling, Harvard University - "Dimensions of Diplomacy: What the Wikileaks Cables can tell us about Information and Privacy in International Relations"

Discussant:  Amber Boydstun, University of California, Davis

11:45am – 1:00pm    Lunch - Room 540

1:00 – 2:30pm           Session 3:  Use and Reuse and Reuse

David Smith, Northeastern University - "Modeling Text Reuse for Inferring Social and Communication Networks".

Konstantin Kashin, Harvard University - "Capturing Business Power Across the States with Text Reuse" (Abstract only).  Co-author:  Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Harvard University

Discussant:  Noah Smith, Carnegie Mellon University

2:30 – 2:45 pm          Break - Room 362

2:45 – 4:15pm           Session 4:  (Ir)rational Expectations

Justin Farrell, Yale University- "The Social Structure of Skepticism:  A Text Analysis of Climate Denial Networks".

Pablo Barbera, New York University - "Economic Conditions, Economic Perceptions, and Media Coverage of the United States Economy".  Co-authors:  Amber Boydstun, University of California, Davis;  Suzanna Linn, Penn State University;  Jonathan Nagler, New York University

Discussant:  Ken Benoit, London School of Economics

4:15 – 4:30pm           Break - Room 362

4:30 – 6:00pm           Session 5:  Tools Panel I

Nick Beauchamp, Northeastern University - "A Spatial Topic Model for Visualizing Single Documents". (Paper available upon request from Conference attendees to Peggy Cornog)

Drew Dimmery, New York University - "An Anchored Approach to Analyzing Policy Positions from Text".  Co-authors:  Andrew Peterson  and Cyrus Samii, New York University

6:00 – 7:00pm           Reception - Room 540

7:00 – 9:00pm           Dinner - Wieboldt Hall - Room 540

Saturday, October 11, 2014

8:00 – 9:00am           Breakfast - Room 362

9:00 – 10:30am         Session 6:  Legal Niceties

Yanchuan Sim, Carnegie Mellon University - "The Utility of Text: The Case of Amicus Briefs and the Supreme Court".  Co-authors:  Noah Smith, Bryan Routledge, Carnegie Mellon University

Hanna Wallach, Microsoft Research & University of Masachusetts, Amherst - "The Bayesian Echo Chamber:  Modeling Power and Influence with Mutually Exciting Processes and Dynamic Language Models".  Co-authors:  Katherine Heller, Fangjian Guo, Duke University;  Charles Blundell, Google

Discussant: Philip Resnik, University of Maryland 

10:30 – 10:45am       Break - Room 362             

10:45 – 12:15pm       Session 7:  Feeling and Believing: Learning from Congressional Behavior

Adam Ramey, New York University, Abu Dhabi- "More Than a Feeling:  Personality and Congressional Behavior". Co-authors:  Jonathan Klingler, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse;  Gary Hollibaugh Jr., University of Notre Dame

Iulia Cioroianu, New York University - "Predicting Legislators' Votes on the Government Shutdown using Twitter".  Co-authors:   Jonathan Nagler, Joshua Tucker, Duncan Penfold-Brown, Jonathan Ronen, Pablo Barbera, John Jost, Richard Bonneau, New York University

Discussant:  Marc Ratkovic, Princeton University

12:15 – 1:30pm         Lunch - Room 362

1:30 – 3:00pm           Session 8: Relationship Advice

Aaron Gerow, University of Chicago - "Networks in Natural Language:  Named Entity Co-occurences in Diachronic Corpora".  Co-authors:  Bowen Lou, University of Chicago;  James Evans, University of Chicago

Justin Grimmer, Stanford University - "Mirrors for Princes and Sultans:  Advice on the Art of Governance in the Medieval Christian and Islamic Worlds".  Co-authors:  Lisa Blaydes and Alison McQueen, Stanford University

Discussant:  Maurits Van Der Veen, College of William & Mary

3:00 – 3:15pm           Break - Room 362

3:15 – 4:45 pm          Session 9:  Tools Panel II

Bradley Jones, University of Wisconsin, Madison - "Crowd-sourced Content Analysis:  Using untrained human coders to supplement machine-processing large bodies of text".

Brendan O'Connor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst -  "MITextExplorer:  Linked brushing and mutual information for exploratory text data analysis".

4:45 – 5:00pm           Closing remarks