Ethan Zuckerman, public policy, communication, and information, is a co-author of a new paper published in the Journal of Quantitative Description: Digital Media. "Dialing for Videos: A Random Sample of YouTube" offers a clearer insight into the makeup of content featured on the popular video-sharing site. 

From the abstract: "YouTube is one of the largest, most important communications platforms in the world, but while there is a great deal of research about the site, many of its fundamental characteristics remains unknown. To better understand YouTube as a whole, we created a random sample of videos using a new method. Through a description of the sample's metadata, we provide answers to many essential questions about, for example, the distribution of views, comments, likes, subscribers, and categories. Our method also allows us to estimate the total number of publicly visible videos on YouTube and its growth over time." 


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