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From Total Hits to Unique Visitors Model for Election’s Forecasting

Trumper, Diego Saez and Meira, Wagner and Almeida, Virgilio (2011) From Total Hits to Unique Visitors Model for Election’s Forecasting. pp. 1-2. In: Proceedings of the ACM WebSci'11, June 14-17 2011, Koblenz, Germany.

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Using Internet to predict elections has been a topic of interest for different fields. Researchers from Google have showed an approach employing user’s queries on that search engine [4]. Other site, The Daily Beast, has create an “Election Oracle” [1], scanning 40,000 blogs and social media sites and applying a sentiment analysis to made their predictions. In both these case, the predictions are expressed as a likelihood of winning and not the total amount candidate votes or percent expected. This makes sense because they have applied their methodology to U.S.A elections which are based in a two-party system where one candidate won and the other lose. An multi-party approach was proposed by Tumasjan et al [3], they state that is possible to predict the result by counting the number of Twitter mentions of Political Parties and Candidates. They have tested this idea in 2009 German elections obtaining a similar accuracy of traditional election polls. However, all these methods require an important span of time to be implemented. Moreover, recent studies claim that these kind of techniques could not replace the traditional pools Limits of Electoral Predictions using Social Media Data,[2] setting, among other things, that these algorithms do not offer a methodology to sample data.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Web Science Comments:WebSci Conference
Subjects:WS9 Sociology > WS93 Social Networks
WS1 Computer Science
Web Science Events > Web Science 2011
ID Code:473
Deposited By: Lisa Sugiura
Deposited On:07 Jun 2011 16:42
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 17:11

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