Research Using C-SPAN Data Wins Award
December 4, 2013
Recently, Schurz Communication, a broadcast and cable company based in South Bend, Indiana, sponsored an innovation challenge for students at Purdue University. They also sponsor competitions at Notre Dame and Indiana University. The challenge was for students to develop innovative solutions to modern day problems using technology. Entries included ways to watch events with twitter feeds from events, web app creation software, and TV-watching monitoring software. Second prize in the competition was awarded to an application that was based on data extracted from the C-SPAN Video Library.
Using software developed by engineering students Zachary Williams and Jacob Stevens, under the direction of Purdue University Brian Lamb School of Communication Professor Sorin Matei, they analyzed the centrality of appearances at a November, 2011 Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction hearing. The method analyzed who speaks after whom creating conversation ties that decay the longer time passes between turns of speeches. Speakers that are closest to each other are the most connected, those more distance are exponentially less connected. The slide below shows the pattern of relationships that they found. Those that spoke the most were not necessarily those who were most central to the conversations.
The C-SPAN Archives encourages research by university faculty. In this space we will highlight other on-going research including several papers presented at the recent meeting of the National Communication Association.
Congratulations to Zachary and Professor Matei for their work and recognition by Schurz Communication.
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