Eric Sanders

Eric Sanders Drs.

Scientific Programmer Centre for Language and Speech Technology since Sept. 1, 2013

Research Projects

Vox Populi

Vox Populi

Jan. 1, 2015 -- Eric Sanders

In the Vox Populi project we try to monitor the opinion of the people by scanning social media (primarily Twitter). We are interested in political views and especially in predicting the outcome of elections on the basis of tweets. A preliminary study showed that by just counting tweets in which political parties are mentioned, we can approximate the polls. Because the posters on Twitter are not necessarily a cross-section of the population, we will research a number of filters to adjust this possible discrepancy. The filters we will be looking into are about: Clustering and topic detection (what are posts about?), User profiling (who is posting?), Sentiment analysis (what is the sentiment of messages?), External event detection (are there specific events that influence the people’s posts?), Time windowing (should we put relative weights on counts of tweets near a certain event (election)?)


E. Sanders, M. de Gier, and A. van den Bosch
Using Demographics in Predicting Election Results with Twitter
Proceedings of International Conference on Social Informatics. Springer International Publishing, 2016, 259-268, 2016
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B. Sommerdijk, E. Sanders, and A. van den Bosch
Can Tweets Predict TV Ratings?
Proceedings of the International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC) 2016,, 3965-3970, 2016
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E. Sanders and A. van den Bosch
Relating Political Party Mentions on Twitter with Polls and Election Results
Proceedings of 13th Dutch-Belgian Workshop on Information Retrieval, 2013
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M. Treurniet and E. Sanders
Chats, Tweets and SMS in the SoNaR Corpus: Social Media Collection
Proceedings 1st Annual International Conference Language, Literature & Linguistics (L3 Conference), 2012
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E. Sanders
Collecting and Analysing Chats and Tweets in SoNaR
Proceedings of the Eighth International conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC), 2012
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