Sentiment Analysis of Web Scraped Near-Death Experience Narratives

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Article documenting the findings of research that employed web-scraping of personal narratives to analyze the level of positive or negative sentiment expressed by experiencers regarding their near-death experiences.

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Quinn, Rory Joseph Autumn 2020.

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Article documenting the findings of research that employed web-scraping of personal narratives to analyze the level of positive or negative sentiment expressed by experiencers regarding their near-death experiences.

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[23] p.

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Abstract: Near-death experiences (NDEs) are usually characterized as pleasant or positive experiences, but little research to date has involved quantification of the sentiment contained in experiencers' descriptions of their NDEs. In this study, I undertook an automated method of obtaining a corpus of 557 NDE narratives by web scraping and then using lexicon-based sentiment analysis to assign a sentiment score to each narrative. The results showed that NDEs are more often associated with positive sentiment than negative sentiment, with twice as many narratives receiving a positive overall sentiment score as a negative one. Although just under 3% of the sample contained descriptions of wholly unpleasant NDEs, many NDE narratives contained at least some negative sentiment, usually associated with the circumstances of the NDE but sometimes with the experience itself, most commonly involving the decision to return or 'go back' to the body. Future researchers should consider using aspect level sentiment analysis with a modified lexicon to more accurately quantify the sentiment contained in NDE narratives.

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  • Journal of Near-Death Studies, 38(3), International Association for Near-Death Studies, Fall 2020, pp. 157-179

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  • Publication Title: Journal of Near-Death Studies
  • Volume: 38
  • Issue: 3
  • Page Start: 157
  • Page End: 179

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Journal of Near-Death Studies

The Journal of Near-Death Studies is a scholarly peer-reviewed journal devoted to the field of near-death studies. It is published on a quarterly basis by the International Association for Near-Death Studies. The Journal began publication in 1982 under the name Anabiosis which was changed to its current title in 1986 with the start of Volume 6.

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Quinn, Rory Joseph. Sentiment Analysis of Web Scraped Near-Death Experience Narratives, article, Autumn 2020; Durham, North Carolina. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1778675/: accessed December 4, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .

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