Does the fluency of its name affect social media sentiment towards a company?

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dc.contributor.advisor Price, Gavin en
dc.contributor.postgraduate Gatawa, Tatenda en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-04T13:46:10Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-04T13:46:10Z
dc.date.created 2016-03-30 en
dc.date.issued 2016 en
dc.description Mini Dissertation (MBA)--University of Pretoria, 2016. en
dc.description.abstract Research Purpose : The recent change in name by Google to Alphabet sparked a worldwide interest. This research studies the extent to which stock sentiment data expressed online is influenced by the fluency of the corporates name. It is concerned with the extent to which seemingly banal factors that affect human sentiments create bias in opinions that are formed online. The research is carried out at a time in which the online environment and crowdsourcing are increasingly competing with traditional business models and platforms for primacy. The purpose of this report is to quantify the extent to which crowd sourced stock sentiment data obtained from online sources is subject to bias resulting from the effect of spurious variables that are unrelated to the underlying fundamentals of the company. The biasing variable studied in this instance is the linguistic fluency of the corporates name. Research Methodology : The study adopted a purely quantitative approach. Analysis was done using SAS Research Findings : The research conducted makes a key finding that shows empirically that social media stock sentiment data are more influenced by the spurious effect of fluency of corporate name than are stock sentiments generated by traditional expert communities. This finding flies in the face of an increasingly adopted thesis that postulates superior intelligence can be obtained from an aggregation of unstructured crowd-sourced data. The research conducted also makes a key finding that the model of sentiment does not predict equally well at all levels of sentiment models are better at identifying highly recommended equities than they are at identifying those that are not en
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dc.description.degree MBA en
dc.description.department Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) en
dc.description.librarian pa2016 en
dc.identifier.citation Gatawa, T 2016, Does the fluency of its name affect social media sentiment towards a company?, MBA Mini-dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd <http://hdl.handle.net/2263/52389> en
dc.identifier.other GIBS en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/52389
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University of Pretoria en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016 University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria en
dc.subject UCTD en
dc.title Does the fluency of its name affect social media sentiment towards a company? en
dc.type Mini Dissertation en


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