Brandon M. Stewart, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Princeton University and New NJ ACTS Co-Lead for the BERD Core introduces us to the interdisciplinary field known as: Text as Data.
The study of human behavior is changing. In the last two decades, there has been an avalanche of new data: emails, tweets, reddit posts, press releases and written books have all exploded. Social scientists realize they have a new source of written information more verbose than in the collections of the worlds largest libraries. That is, if they can turn those trillions of words into usable data.