Faculty Advisor

Rissmiller, Kent J

Abstract

Content analysis is used to study interpersonal communications. This project attempts to test the feasibility of adapting computers to content analysis, using opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States as a data set. Using textual search algorithms in several experiments, we contrast traditional human analysis with computerized techniques, and highlight their strengths and weaknesses. We conclude that computerized methods have potential to make analysis more efficient, but are not easily adapted to answering qualitative questions.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2007

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies

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