Teach students how to construct a viable research project based on online sources. Gabe Ignatow and Rada Mihalcea’s An Introduction to Text Mining: Research Design, Data Collection, and Analysis provides a foundation for readers seeking a solid introduction to mining text data. The book covers the most critical issues that must be taken into consideration for research projects, including web scraping and crawling, strategic data selection, data sampling, use of specific text analysis methods, and report writing. In addition to covering technical aspects of various approaches to contemporary text mining and analysis, the book covers ethical and philosophical dimensions of text-based research and social science research design.

Research Ethics

Learning Objectives

The goals of Chapter 3 are to help you to do the following:

  • Identify appropriate ethical guidelines for your research project.
  • Decide whether your research needs approval from an institutional review board (IRB).
  • Design a study that protects participants’ privacy, and follow requirements where participation consent is required.
  • Observe ethical issues in the areas of authorship and publishing.

Introduction

In early January 2012, for over a week the news feeds of almost 700,000 Facebook users subtly changed. Researchers were manipulating the content in these users’ news feeds without notifying them. To learn how friends’ emotions affect each other, a team of researchers from Cornell University and Facebook had removed content that contained positive words for one group of users and removed content that contained negative words for ...

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