Computational Methods for Communication Science showcases the use of innovative computational methods in the study of communication.
This book discusses the validity of using big data in communication science and showcases a number of new methods and applications in the fields of text and network analysis. Computational methods have the potential to greatly enhance the scientific study of communication because they allow us to move towards collaborative large-N studies of actual behavior in its social context. This requires us to develop new skills and infrastructure and meet the challenges of open, valid, reliable, and ethical "big data" research. This volume brings together a number of leading scholars in this emerging field, contributing to the increasing development and adaptation of computational methods in communication science.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal Communication Methods and Measures.
Introduction: When Communication Meets Computation: Opportunities, Challenges, and Pitfalls in Computational Communication Science
Wouter van Atteveldt and Tai-Quan Peng
1. Applying LDA Topic Modeling in Communication Research: Toward a Valid and Reliable Methodology
Daniel Maier, A. Waldherr, P. Miltner, G. Wiedemann, A. Niekler, A. Keinert, B. Pfetsch, G. Heyer, U. Reber, T. Häussler, H. Schmid-Petri and S. Adam
2. Extracting Latent Moral Information from Text Narratives: Relevance, Challenges, and Solutions
René Weber, J. Michael Mangus, Richard Huskey, Frederic R. Hopp, Ori Amir, Reid Swanson, Andrew Gordon, Peter Khooshabeh, Lindsay Hahn and Ron Tamborini
3. More than Bags of Words: Sentiment Analysis with Word Embeddings
Elena Rudkowsky, Martin Haselmayer, Matthias Wastian, Marcelo Jenny, Štefan Emrich and Michael Sedlmair
4. Scaling up Content Analysis
Damian Trilling and Jeroen G. F. Jonkman
5. How Team Interlock Ecosystems Shape the Assembly of Scientific Teams: A Hypergraph Approach
Alina Lungeanu, Dorothy R. Carter, Leslie A. DeChurch and Noshir S. Contractor
6. Methods and Approaches to Using Web Archives in Computational Communication Research
Matthew S. Weber
7. Disentangling User Samples: A Supervised Machine Learning Approach to Proxy-population Mismatch in Twitter Research
K. Hazel Kwon, J. Hunter Priniski and Monica Chadha