Corruption in Online Editorial Media

In recent years, members of our research group have published several studies on corruption research in Hungarian and international leading journals as well. These researches were based on survey data. Turning to nun-survey based methods, our research team has conducted two case studies using NLP methods in corruption research in 2018-2019, . The first case study uses the author-topic model. Using the corpus collected by K-Monitor, we identified 25 corruption topics, and analysed the thematization of the corruption on different websites in different times.

In the second case study, we focused on the temporal changes in the topics of corruption, also in the Hungarian online news sites. We used a dynamic topic model for the analysis in the K-Monitor corpus. Based on 26,000 articles, we analyzed the changes in the popularity and content of typical corruption topics for the period 2007-2018. As a result of the model, we found seven well-separated topics. Our study is currently under review in a leading Hungarian sociology journal.

Our previous studies are mainly descriptive, they can serve as a base for further research. In addition to the empirical analysis, we systematically deal with the question what NLP methods can give to corruption research. 

We examine the framework of corruption-definition, furthermore the possibilities of automated processing of huge amounts of texts in corruption research and the data analysis and data processing technologies based on them. 

In the course of the educational activity related to the project, K-Monitor also brought a corpus on a data-based hackathon organized for students with K-Monitor and Precognox, which students could use to analyze the data we used in our research team.

Previous publications

Eszter Katona’s presentation

Eszter Katona held a presentation entitled ‘Natural Language Processing in Social Sciences’ on 10 May 2019 in Basel, at the Joint Annual Conference of the GPSA Methods of Political Science Section and the SPSA Empirical Methodology Working Group (https://www.methodology-dvpw-svpw.com/). She presented the results of the paper she wrote together with Renáta Németh and Zoltán Kmetty. The study is currently under review in a Hungarian sociology journal.

 

Eszter, Rita Katona ; Renáta, Németh ; Zoltán, Kmetty (2019): Natural Language Processing in Social Sciences. Joint Annual Conference of the GPSA Methods of Political Science Section and the SPSA Empirical Methodology Working Group May 10/11, 2019.

 

Katona Eszter (2019): Szakdolgozat, 2018, ELTE, Survey Statisztika MSc

 

Katona E, Németh R, Kmetty Z (2019): Szöveganalitika a társadalomtudományokban – Az NLP alkalmazása egy gyakorlati példán. (Közlésre benyútjva.)

 

Related publications

Kostadinova, Tatiana ; Kmetty, Zoltán: Corruption and Political Participation in Hungary: Testing Models of Civic Engagement

EAST EUROPEAN POLITICS AND SOCIETIES Online first p. 1 (2019)

 

Kmetty, Zoltán: Incumbent party support and perceptions of corruption – an experimental study

SZOCIOLÓGIAI SZEMLE 28 : 4 pp. 152-165. , 14 p. (2018)

 

Kmetty, Zoltán: Korrupció percepciója, pártosság, választási részvétel: Hogyan változott a szavazók véleménye a hazai politikai korrupcióról a 2014-2018-as parlamenti ciklus alatt?

In: Böcskei, Balázs; Szabó, Andrea (szerk.) Várakozások és valóságok. Parlamenti választás 2018 

Budapest, Magyarország : Napvilág Kiadó, MTA TK PTI, (2018) pp. 292-316. , 25 p.