Election trolling: analyzing sentiment in tweets during Pakistan elections 2013

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Faculty of Computer Sciences (FCS)


Department of Computer Science

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Conference Paper

Publication Date


Conference Name

WWW '14: 23rd International World Wide Web Conference

Conference Location

Seoul Korea

Conference Dates

7-11 April 2014


84976415160 (Scopus)

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Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, United States

Abstract / Description

The use of Twitter as a discussion platform for political is- sues has led researchers to study its role in predicting elec- Tion outcomes. This work studies a much neglected aspect of politics on Twitter namely "election trolling" whereby sup- porters of different political parties attack each other during election campaigns. We also propose a novel strategy to de- Tect terms that are usually not associated with sentiment but are introduced by supporters of political parties to at- Tack the opposing party. We demonstrate a lack of political maturity as evidenced through high percentage of political attacks in a developing region such as Pakistan.

Citation/Publisher Attribution

Younus, A., Qureshi, M. A., Saeed, M., Touheed, N., O'Riordan, C., & Pasi, G. (2014, April). Election trolling: analyzing sentiment in tweets during pakistan elections 2013. In Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on World Wide Web (pp. 411-412).