Text Mining and Analytics: A Case Study from News Channels Posts on Facebook

  • Chaker Mhamdi
  • Mostafa Al-Emran
  • Said A. Salloum
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 740)


Nowadays, social media has swiftly altered the media landscape resulting in a competitive environment of news creation and dissemination. Sharing news through social media websites is almost provided in a textual format. The nature of the disseminated text is considered as unstructured text. Text mining techniques play a significant role in transforming the unstructured text into informative knowledge with various interesting patterns. Due to the lack of literature on textual analysis of news channels’ in social media, the current study seeks to explore this genre of new media discourse through analyzing news channels online textual data and transforming its quantifiable information into constructive knowledge. Accordingly, this study applies various text mining techniques on this under-researched context aiming at extracting knowledge from unstructured textual data. To this end, three news channels have been selected, namely Fox News, CNN, and ABC News. Data has been collected from the Facebook pages of these three news channels through Facepager tool which was then processed using RapidMiner tool. Findings indicated that USA elections news received the highest coverage among others in these channels. Moreover, results revealed that the most frequent shared posts regarding the USA elections were tackled by the CNN followed by ABC News, and Fox News, respectively. Additionally, results revealed a significant relationship between ABC News and CNN in covering similar topics.


Text mining Social media News channels Facebook 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chaker Mhamdi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mostafa Al-Emran
    • 2
    • 3
  • Said A. Salloum
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Manouba UniversityManoubaTunisia
  2. 2.Al Buraimi University CollegeBuraimiOman
  3. 3.Universiti Malaysia PahangGambangMalaysia
  4. 4.The British University in DubaiDubaiUAE
  5. 5.University of FujairahFujairahUAE

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