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Dabbling in text mining to study ‘othering’ on Bonfiire Stellenbosch

Background For my Honours research project this year, I analysed ways of increasing user participation in blog-based social networks. My case study was Bonfiire, a multi-community network for discussion and debate, that I co-founded with a friend in 2012. Since the public launch of Bonfiire Stellenbosch (our first community, targeted at Stellenbosch University students and [...]

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A 46.8% positive introduction to Sentiment Analysis

Few Natural Language Processing (NLP) tools are touted as “blatantly useful” as often as sentiment analysis. Companies want to know why their products are bad, and they want to know it automatically. Past Some of the first automatic sentiment classification experiments used film reviews as data. You have the actual text, and you have the [...]

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