Inaugural Lecture: Andreas Spitz

Mittwoch, 7. Dezember 2022
15:15 bis 16:15 Uhr

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Veranstaltet von

Vortragende Person/Vortragende Personen:
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Spitz

Diese Veranstaltung ist Teil der Veranstaltungsreihe „Antrittsvorlesungsreihe“.

The Best Words: Web-scale Mining of News Quotes

A substantial majority of Americans share the belief that political discourse has become more negative and that the press is increasingly less reliable. However, as is often the case in politics, talk is cheap and hard data is difficult to come by. To obtain quantitative answers, neural language models allow us to exploit the parallelism in news reporting to extract and attribute politician's quotes from the news at web-scale. Using Quotebank, a comprehensive corpus of 235 million unique quotes from a decade of news, I will demonstrate how this data can be used to quantify trends in the use of political and journalistic language. In particular, I will focus on the uptick in negativity in U.S. politicians' language, quantify the shifts in language tone, and begin to unravel the decline in journalistic objectivity in the reporting of quotes in the news.