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Alhoori, Hamed

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Computer Science


Online and in the real world, communities are bonded together by emotional consensus around core issues. Emotional responses to scientific findings often play a pivotal role in these core issues. When there is too much diversity of opinion on topics of science, emotions flare up and give rise to conflict. This conflict threatens positive outcomes for research. Emotions have the power to shape how people process new information. They can color the public's understanding of science, motivate policy positions, even change lives. And yet little work has been done to evaluate the public's emotional response to science using quantitative methods. In this thesis, we use a dataset of responses to scholarly articles on Facebook to model and analyze emotions toward topics in science.


161 pages




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