Computational Social Science of Emerging Realities Group Releases Data Visualization for International Pronoun Day 2021
STONY BROOK, NY, October 19, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Computational Social Science of Emerging Realities Group today announced the release of a data visualization exploring the use of personal pronouns on social media. They observed that the use of the phrases she / her, he / him and them / them in Twitter profile biographies has increased significantly over the past few years. They found that she / she is more prevalent than him / her, which in turn is more prevalent than them / them. The prevalence of the word “pronouns” has also increased.
The Computational Social Science of Emerging Realities Group (CSSERG) studies identity by measuring the prevalence of terms in profile biographies. Prevalence is a numerical representation of the popularity of a term in users’ autobiographical text. It answers the question: out of 10,000 users, how many include X in their biography? X can be any word or phrase that denotes an aspect of identity. The research group identifies and examines overall population trends to describe how personally expressed identity changes over time. For example, their previous research has shown that users’ self-descriptions are increasingly political.
CSSERG is studying the growth in popularity of the indication of personal pronouns online. They released this preliminary analysis for International Pronoun Day 2021. International Pronoun Day is an annual event aimed at trivializing the question, sharing and respect for personal pronouns.
CSSERG is a group of academics engaged in interdisciplinary collaboration, united by common IT methodologies and always looking to the near future. Dr. Jason jeffrey jones is the group director. Regarding this work, Dr Jones says, “The data indicates that the prevalence of pronouns is increasing faster than any other term we have studied. Words such as “Twitch” and “podcast” have seen rapid growth in prevalence recently, but not as much as pronouns. Personally expressed identity is a dynamic social phenomenon and deserves further study. “
Dr. Jones distributed the visualization under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0). This means that anyone is free to redistribute, modify, and otherwise use the visualization as long as they give credit to the source. Data and code to reproduce the results are available at https://osf.io/4h8jk/. A more detailed description of the methods used is available at https://osf.io/4h8jk/wiki/Visualization%20for%20International%20Prounouns%20Day%202021/
Dr. Jason jeffrey jones
Director of the Computational Social Science of Emerging Realities (CSSERG) group
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