Steeler nation, 12th man, and boo birds: Classifying Twitter user interests using time series

Tao Yang, Dongwon Lee, Su Yan

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Abstract

The problem of Twitter user classification using the contents of tweets is studied. We generate time series from tweets by exploiting the latent temporal information and solve the classification problem in time series domain. Our approach is inspired by the fact that Twitter users sometimes exhibit the periodicity pattern when they share their activities or express their opinions. We apply our proposed methods to both binary and multi-class classification of sports and political interests of Twitter users and compare the performance against eight conventional classification methods using textual features. Experimental results using 2.56 million tweets show that our best binary and multiclass approaches improve the classification accuracy over the best baseline binary and multi-class approaches by 15% and 142%, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages684-691
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781450322409
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Event2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013 - Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
Duration: Aug 25 2013Aug 28 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013

Other

Other2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013
CountryCanada
CityNiagara Falls, ON
Period8/25/138/28/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems

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    Yang, T., Lee, D., & Yan, S. (2013). Steeler nation, 12th man, and boo birds: Classifying Twitter user interests using time series. In Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013 (pp. 684-691). (Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2013). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2492517.2492551