Exploring Sentiments of Voters through Social Media Content: A Case Study of 2017 Assembly Elections of Three States in India

Aman Agarwal, Veena Bansal

Abstract

Purpose: Winning an election requires more than a good and appealing manifesto. The purpose of this paper is to establish that content from the social media provides useful insights and can be used to manage an election campaign provided the right content is properly analyzed. Information such as frequency of mentions, sentiments of the mentions and demography is obtained analysis. This information provides insights into the demography of supporters, topics that are most talked about revealing their importance to the voters, sentiments of voters. Design/Methodology/Approach: We analyzed 25000 documents from twitter, forums, reviews, Facebook pages, blogs etc. over a period of 12 months in three states of India using Watson Analytics for Social Media (WASM) of IBM. We used ETL (extract, transform and load) utility of WASM to fetch the documents for our chosen themes, topics, dates and sources. WASM deploys deep learning to perform sentiment analysis. Findings: We found that social media content analysis provides useful insight that goes beyond general perception and can be used for managing a campaign. Originality/Value: There have been many efforts where researchers are trying to predict election results based on social media analysis. However, these efforts have been criticized as predicting election results is a very complex problem. We, in this work, have shown that social media content can definitely help in gaining a clear understanding of the sentiments of voters.

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Agarwal A. and Bansal V. (2020). Exploring Sentiments of Voters through Social Media Content: A Case Study of 2017 Assembly Elections of Three States in India.In Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 1: ICEIS, ISBN 978-989-758-423-7, pages 596-602. DOI: 10.5220/0009517105960602


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@conference{iceis20,
author={Aman Agarwal and Veena Bansal},
title={Exploring Sentiments of Voters through Social Media Content: A Case Study of 2017 Assembly Elections of Three States in India},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 1: ICEIS,},
year={2020},
pages={596-602},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0009517105960602},
isbn={978-989-758-423-7},
}


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TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 1: ICEIS,
TI - Exploring Sentiments of Voters through Social Media Content: A Case Study of 2017 Assembly Elections of Three States in India
SN - 978-989-758-423-7
AU - Agarwal A.
AU - Bansal V.
PY - 2020
SP - 596
EP - 602
DO - 10.5220/0009517105960602