Content Analysis in an Era of Big Data: A Hybrid Approach to Computational and Manual Methods is in a special edition of the journal examining the conceptual, political, and practical aspects of emerging methods for digital media research.
Our paper outlines how we leveraged computational methods to magnify what a small set of coders could accomplish in their analysis of Andy Carvin’s tweets related to the Egyptian uprising.
We explain that while computational methods present enticing solutions to research into Big Data, they may be insufficient on their own.
Instead we advance a hybrid approach to analysing Big Data, combining computational and manual approaches in order to get the most out of the precision of algorithms and the context-sensitive evaluations of human coders.
A separate paper on our findings, Sourcing the Arab Spring: A Case Study of Andy Carvin’s Sources on Twitter During the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions is due to be published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.