Paper: Staying on Topic: An Indicator of Power in Political Debates

ACL ID D14-1157
Title Staying on Topic: An Indicator of Power in Political Debates
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2014
Authors

We study the topic dynamics of interac- tions in political debates using the 2012 Republican presidential primary debates as data. We show that the tendency of candidates to shift topics changes over the course of the election campaign, and that it is correlated with their relative power. We also show that our topic shift features help predict candidates? relative rankings.