Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Geovisualizing emotional response to policy: A study of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
by Dell, Brent N., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 81; 10144823
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines the emotional response of consumers to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Utilizing mixed methodology, Twitter tweets are collected, analyzed, and mapped to highlight spatial trends and distributions. Further analysis in the form of regression follows. Variables such as age, gender, income, type of health insurance, and education are compared against the database of tweets to analyze correlation. This study contributes to the literature on Twitter and geography by continuing research on tweets as a form of volunteered geographic information and how they represent the emotions of individuals. No correlations were found in the results, however, this thesis demonstrates that the use of social media as a data collection platform is a powerful alternative to classic survey studies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Li, Linna
Commitee: Ban, Hyowon, Thien, Deborah
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Geography
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Geography, Geographic information science, Demography
Keywords: Big data, GIS, PPACA, Regression, Twitter
Publication Number: 10144823
ISBN: 978-1-369-00403-8
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