Monday, November 25, 2013

Burr Settles's "On “Geek” Versus “Nerd”"

Settles decided to investigate the difference between being a nerd and being a geek via a pointwise mutual association analysis (using archival data from Twitter). Specifically, he measured the association/closeness between various hashtag descriptors (see below) and the words nerd and geek. Settles provides a nice description of his data collection and analysis on his blog.

A good example of archival data use as well as PMA.