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Big Data and the gendering of Parliamentary language

July 22nd, 2016

Episode 465 of 495 episodes

Luke Blaxill discusses the ways in which Big Data techniques can introduce quantification into long-standing historical debates. His example is the case of female MPs in the House of Commons. How is the language they use different to that of male MPs and do they represent “women's issues” more effectively than men? Blaxill uses text mining techniques to investigate the feminist claim that women's contributions in the Commons are substantively different to men's and whether any “gender effect” is strengthening or weakening with the rise in female numbers, especially since 1997.

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