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Parsing Parliament: Parliament’s proceedings as speech, text and data

The next talk in our digital research seminar series is by Political Science PhD candidate Geoff Ford. Geoff will discuss construction of a corpus of New Zealand Parliamentary Debates, what can be learned from the corpus about Parliament’s proceedings, and how political parties are using Parliament. He will discuss and illustrate a range of ways of approaching analysis of the text of parliamentary speeches (including basic programmatic parsing, techniques from corpus linguistics, and topic modelling) and some of the associated problems. Geoff will also reflect on his transition from working as a software developer to PhD candidate and the importance of remaining critical when the rhetoric of new technology combines with the rhetoric of academia.

Time: Monday 5 October, 11am-12.30pm

Place: Psych/Soci 151

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