Rissmiller, Kent J
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.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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Social Science and Policy Studies