Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1)

Exploring the use of machine learning to automate the qualitative coding of church-related tweets

Julkaisun tekijät: Anthony-Paul Cooper, Emmanuel Awuni Kolog, Erkki Sutinen

Kustantaja: Equinox Publishing Ltd

Julkaisuvuosi: 2020

Journal: Fieldwork in Religion

Tietokannassa oleva lehden nimi: Fieldwork in Religion

Volyymi: 14

Julkaisunumero: 2

Sivujen määrä: 20

ISSN: 1743-0615



article builds on previous research around the exploration of the
content of church-related tweets. It does so by exploring whether the
qualitative thematic coding of such tweets can, in part, be automated by
the use of machine learning. It compares three supervised machine
learning algorithms to understand how useful each algorithm is at a
classification task, based on a dataset of human-coded church-related
tweets. The study finds that one such algorithm, Naïve-Bayes, performs
better than the other algorithms considered, returning Precision, Recall
and F-measure values which each exceed an acceptable threshold of 70%.
This has far-reaching consequences at a time where the high volume of
social media data, in this case, Twitter data, means that the
resource-intensity of manual coding approaches can act as a barrier to
understanding how the online community interacts with, and talks about,
church. The findings presented in this article offer a way forward for
scholars of digital theology to better understand the content of online
church discourse.

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