[Air-L] New Sample Available Datasets on PCAT – Coding Comments From YouTube or other Web 2.0 Platforms

12 09 2010

I thought that this post from  Air-L was worth sharing as there are a number of very interesting data sets to play with. The full email has been transcribed below

Post:

We have posted a variety of new sample datasets on PCAT (http://pcat.qdap.net) for researchers who want to experiment with commentanalysis. The datasets were compiled using the “InfoExtractor” tool built by Chirag Shah. PCAT is a free text analysis platform that allows you or your team to search, sort, filter & classify the items in a dataset. Further, PCAT has on-board tools for the measurement of inter-coder reliability and validity, generating tag-clouds, and lots of other nifty stuff.

If you decise the techniques are useful, using InfoExtractor (http://www.infoextractor.org), you can go into YouTube, news sites, or blogs to scrape off the comments that you want to study in an XML format  that uploads easily into PCAT.

These new samples are already posted under “Sample Datasets” when you create
a new account:

– Climate Change
– Climate Change (1000
items)<https://pcat.qdap.net/app/sampleDatasets.aspx?id=8>
– HOME (English with subtitles) (1000
items)<https://pcat.qdap.net/app/sampleDatasets.aspx?id=9>
– How It All Ends (1000
items)<https://pcat.qdap.net/app/sampleDatasets.aspx?id=10>
– Global Warming 101 (1000
items)<https://pcat.qdap.net/app/sampleDatasets.aspx?id=11>
– Global Warming (1000
items)<https://pcat.qdap.net/app/sampleDatasets.aspx?id=12>
– Gulf Oil Spill
– Gulf Coast Oil Spill In-Situ Burn (1000
items)<https://pcat.qdap.net/app/sampleDatasets.aspx?id=13>
– Ocean currents likely to carry oil spill to Atlantic (841
items)<https://pcat.qdap.net/app/sampleDatasets.aspx?id=14>
– BP Slick Covers Dolphins and Whales (1000
items)<https://pcat.qdap.net/app/sampleDatasets.aspx?id=15>
– NASA | Satellites View Growing Gulf Oil Spil (999
items)<https://pcat.qdap.net/app/sampleDatasets.aspx?id=16>
– New Underwater footage of BP oil leak at the source (1000
items)<https://pcat.qdap.net/app/sampleDatasets.aspx?id=17>
– Immigration
– President Obama, No One in Arizona is Laughing (1000
items)<https://pcat.qdap.net/app/sampleDatasets.aspx?id=18>
– Shakira Speaks Out Against Arizona Immigration Law (1000
items)<https://pcat.qdap.net/app/sampleDatasets.aspx?id=19>
– Gabriella Speaks City Council Meeting April 27, 2010 (847
items)<https://pcat.qdap.net/app/sampleDatasets.aspx?id=20>
– Response to President Calderon (1000
items)<https://pcat.qdap.net/app/sampleDatasets.aspx?id=21>
– Illegals Threaten To Murder Americans With Axes and Shovels (1000
items) <https://pcat.qdap.net/app/sampleDatasets.aspx?id=22>
– Job Market
– Video Essay: Jobless in America (50
items)<https://pcat.qdap.net/app/sampleDatasets.aspx?id=23>
– Veterans Jobless Rate Doubles Civilians (97
items)<https://pcat.qdap.net/app/sampleDatasets.aspx?id=24>
– First Person: Being Unemployed Is ‘Devastating’ (142
items)<https://pcat.qdap.net/app/sampleDatasets.aspx?id=25>
– The Truth About the Economy: Total Collapse (1000
items)<https://pcat.qdap.net/app/sampleDatasets.aspx?id=26>

To try it out, set up a free account at http://pcat.qdap.net. There is a 9 minute PCAT overview video online at:

http://www.screencast.com/t/ZDczNmE3Mz


Dr. Stuart W. Shulman
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
University of Massachusetts Amherst
200 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003

http://people.umass.edu/stu/
stu@polsci.umass.edu
413-545-5375

Editor, Journal of Information Technology and Politics
http://www.jitp.net

Director, QDAP-UMass
http://www.umass.edu/qdap/

Associate Director, National Center for Digital Government
http://www.umass.edu/digitalcenter/

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