Identifying informative messages in disaster events using Convolutional Neural Networks

Cornelia Caragea, Adrian Silvescu, Andrea H. Tapia

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Abstract

Social media is a vital source of information during any major event, especially natural disasters. Data produced through social networking sites is seen as ubiquitous, rapid and accessible, and it is believed to empower average citizens to become more situationally aware during disasters and coordinate to help themselves. However, with the exponential increase in the volume of social media data, so comes the increase in data that are irrelevant to a disaster, thus, diminishing peoples ability to find the information that they need in order to organize relief efforts, find help, and potentially save lives. In this paper, we present an approach to identifying informative messages in social media streams during disaster events. Our approach is based on Convolutional Neural Networks and shows significant improvement in performance over models that use the "bag of words" and n-grams as features on several datasets of messages from flooding events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISCRAM 2016 Conference Proceedings - 13th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
EditorsPedro Antunes, Victor Amadeo Banuls Silvera, Joao Porto de Albuquerque, Kathleen Ann Moore, Andrea H. Tapia
PublisherInformation Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM
ISBN (Electronic)9788460879848
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Event13th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM 2016 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: May 22 2016May 25 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International ISCRAM Conference
ISSN (Electronic)2411-3387

Other

Other13th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM 2016
CountryBrazil
CityRio de Janeiro
Period5/22/165/25/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Caragea, C., Silvescu, A., & Tapia, A. H. (2016). Identifying informative messages in disaster events using Convolutional Neural Networks. In P. Antunes, V. A. Banuls Silvera, J. Porto de Albuquerque, K. A. Moore, & A. H. Tapia (Eds.), ISCRAM 2016 Conference Proceedings - 13th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (Proceedings of the International ISCRAM Conference). Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM.