Can you predict what people are thinking based on analysis of online debate?

by Stephen Tall on August 1, 2010

That’s the question a company called, somewhat improbably, Onalytica have set out to answer in their paper, Using the Internet as a Market Research Database. They’ve summarised their key findngs thus: 1. Changes in daily election poll results could be estimated by measuring the changes in the relative amount of online discussion 2. We find […]

“When two ride astride, one must ride behind”

by Stephen Tall on August 1, 2010

Okay, the poster’s exactly 100 years old – and the issue highlighted here is Asquith’s Liberal government’s attempts to reform the House of Lords – but somehow it was the caption which to me seemed to resonate down the years into these Coalition days: (From the LSE archives: COLL MISC 0519-053). For others it may […]