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What the Masses Want: A Case Study in Knowledge Discovery from Politically Oriented Data

International Journal of Computer Applications
© 2013 by IJCA Journal
Volume 67 - Number 6
Year of Publication: 2013
Samhaa R. El-beltagy
Moustafa Ghanem
Heba Ezzat
Sourya Ezzat
Mohmmed Aboelhouda
Ahmed Gamal
Mohamed Elkalioby
Shady Alaa Issa

Samhaa R El-beltagy, Moustafa Ghanem, Heba Ezzat, Sourya Ezzat, Mohmmed Aboelhouda, Ahmed Gamal, Mohamed Elkalioby and Shady Alaa Issa. Article: What the Masses Want: A Case Study in Knowledge Discovery from Politically Oriented Data. International Journal of Computer Applications 67(6):21-28, April 2013. Full text available. BibTeX

	author = {Samhaa R. El-beltagy and Moustafa Ghanem and Heba Ezzat and Sourya Ezzat and Mohmmed Aboelhouda and Ahmed Gamal and Mohamed Elkalioby and Shady Alaa Issa},
	title = {Article: What the Masses Want: A Case Study in Knowledge Discovery from Politically Oriented Data},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Applications},
	year = {2013},
	volume = {67},
	number = {6},
	pages = {21-28},
	month = {April},
	note = {Full text available}


This paper describes an approach taken to analyze and categorize a sizable dataset of politically oriented posts that were submitted to a popular idea bank, Egypt 2. 0, created following the Egyptian revolution. The aim of the analysis was to organize and present the data in a simple way that allows the voice of the people to be heard by decision makers and activists in a critical 6 week period in February and March 2011. The constraints faced when developing the approach included the absence of a classification scheme, the unavailability of training data, the need to assign more than one category, or label, to individual posts and the need to complete the task in a short period of time. The goal of this paper is twofold. Firstly, to present and evaluate the rapid development framework and algorithms used to organize the data. Secondly, to document the challenges encountered when both developing the system itself and analyzing the data, and to present our experience to the research community with the aim of identifying potentially new interesting research topics.


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