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Topic Modeling Reveals Distinct Interests within an Online Conspiracy Forum

Klein, Colin; Clutton, Peter; Polito, Vince

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Conspiracy theories play a troubling role in political discourse. Online forums provide a valuable window into everyday conspiracy theorizing, and can give a clue to the motivations and interests of those who post in such forums. Yet this online activity can be difficult to quantify and study. We describe a unique approach to studying online conspiracy theorists which used non-negativematrix factorization to create a topicmodel of authors’ contributions to the main conspiracy forum on...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/162766
Source: Frontiers in Psychology
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00189
Access Rights: Open Access

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