Day 1: October 14



MEDIA AND RIGHTS | 9:00 – 10:15

Discussant: Lillian Lee
Identifying Changes in Human Rights Reports Over Time Using Aspect-based Sentiment Analysis | Michael Colaresi, Kevin Greene and Baekkwan Park

Media Framing and Mood: A Study on Immigration | Noah Smith, Amber E. Boydstun, Dallas Card, Hanna Wallach

PROPAGANDA | 10:30 – 11:45

Discussant: Brandon Stewart
“Honest Propaganda”: Evidence from State-Run Newspapers in Africa and Asia | Erin Baggott, Brett Carter

How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, not Engaged Argument | Molly Roberts, Gary King, Jennifer Pan

LUNCH ROUNDTABLE | 12:00 – 1:00

Conferences and Publishing in Text as Data: An exchange of disciplinary experiences | Kenneth Benoit, Lillian Lee, Noah Smith

DEBATE | 1:15 – 2:30

Discussant: Amber Boydstun
Modeling idea flow and question-dodging in debates | Justine Zhang, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil

Here’s Where You’re Wrong: The Joint Effects of Content and Rhetoric on Debate Outcomes | Lu Wang, Nick Beauchamp, Sarah Shugars, Kechen Qin

MEASUREMENT | 2:45 – 4:00

Discussant: Jacob Montgomery
Measuring and Explaining Political Sophistication Through Textual Complexity | Kenneth Benoit, Kevin Munger, and Arthur Spirling

Exploratory and Confirmatory Causal Inference for High Dimensional Interventions | Justin Grimmer, Christian Fong

NONVERBAL | 4:15 – 5:30

Discussant: Graeme Hirst
Understanding Issue Attention Using Variation in Vocal Pitch | Bryce J. Dietrich

Do Actions Speak Louder than Words? Nonverbal Communication in Parliamentary Oversight Committee Hearings | Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey

DINNER | 7:00 PM

All attendees are welcome to join us for dinner in Northeastern’s Curry Student Center located at 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115.

Day 2: October 15




HEALTH | 9:00 – 10:15

Discussant: Alex Herzog
Analyzing Demographic Patterns of Vaccine Beliefs and Behaviors in Social Media | Michael J. Paul, Mark Dredze, David Broniatowski, Karen Halyard

Characterizing the Editorial Process of Health Science Dissemination via Statistical Analysis of Text | Byron C Wallace, Noemie Elhadad, Ye Zhang, Erin Willis, Michael Paul

BIAS | 10:30 – 11:45

Discussant: Doug Rice
A Story of Discrimination and Unfairness: Using the Implicit Bias Task to Assess Cultural Bias Embedded in Language Models | Joanna J. Bryson, Aylin Caliskan-Islam, Arvind Narayanan

Negativity Bias: The Link between Communication Strategy and Hostility in Congress | Solomon Messing, Rachel Blum, Adam Hughes, Patrick Van Kessel

LUNCH | 12:00 – 1:00


DISCUSSION | 1:15 – 2:30

Discussant: Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil
Talk it up or play it down?
(Un)expected correlations between (de-)emphasis and recurrence of discussion points in consequential U.S. economic policy meetings
| Chenhao Tan, Lillian Lee

Using Ideal Point Models to Characterize Political Reactions in Non-Political Actors | Daniel Argyle, Philip Resnik, and Vladimir Eidelman

FEATURES | 2:45 – 4:00

Discussant: Will Lowe
A Little Bit of NLP Goes A Long Way: Adding Phrases to the Term-Document Matrix using Finite-State Shallow Parsing. | Brendan O’Connor, Abram Handler, Matthew Denny, Hanna Wallach

Assessing the Consequences of Text Preprocessing Decisions | Arthur Spirling, Matthew Denny