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  • Why Donald Trump’s talking points become ours, like it or not

    Boston Globe - 05/18/2016

    We have troves of data about political communication — digital transcripts of every law, speech, news story, blog, and tweet. With those, computer scientists are building tools for understanding the language of politics. In essence, they are putting the “science” in political science.

    One scientist is Oren Tsur, a researcher at Harvard and Northeastern who studies how social networks shape and are shaped by language. He applies an artificial intelligence technique called natural language processing to political language to extract patterns, infer meaning, and track the evolution of words, phrases, and, to a certain extent, voter sentiment. Tsur found, for instance, that Democrats were able to blunt the pejorative connotations of “Obamacare” when they co-opted it from Republicans.

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