Where’s @waldo? Finding Users on Twitter

Kyle Clarkson, Gautam Srivastava*, Fatma Meawad, Ashutosh Dhar Dwivedi

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In today’s social media world we are provided with an impressive amount of data about users and their societal interactions. This offers computer scientists among others many new opportunities for research exploration. Arguably, one of the most interesting areas of work is that of predicting events and developments based on social media data and trends. We have recently seen this happen in many areas including politics, finance, entertainment, market demands, health, and many others. Furthermore, there has been a lot of attention garnered on being able to predict a user’s location based on their online activity taking into account that large amount of social interaction online is done behind usernames and anonymous titles. This area of research is well-known as geolocation inference. In this paper, we propose a novel model for geolocation inference of social media users using the aid of a discrete event: the Solar Eclipse of 2017. Being able to use the path pf the eclipse and timing of its path of travel to infer a user’s location is a unique model seen only in this paper. We apply this unique model to Twitter data gathered from users during the Solar Eclipse of 2017 and attempt to determine if certain features of the data itself are indicative of users viewing the eclipse or of similar events. Taking advantage of Stanford’s natural language processing software, we also consider the proportions and existences of many words, part-of-speech tags, and relations between users both found in our sample data, in an attempt to find key features of users who are viewing the eclipse. We discuss our results using our unique model and conclude by discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the model with the resulting potential future work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtificial Intelligence and Soft Computing : 18th International Conference, ICAISC 2019, Zakopane, Poland, June 16–20, 2019, Proceedings, Part II
EditorsLeszek Rutkowski, Rafał Scherer, Marcin Korytkowski, Witold Pedrycz, Jacek M. Zurada, Ryszard Tadeusiewicz
Number of pages12
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date27 May 2019
ISBN (Print)9783030209148
ISBN (Electronic)9783030209155
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event18th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing. ICAISC 2019 - Zakopane, Poland
Duration: 16 Jun 201920 Jun 2019
Conference number: 18


Conference18th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing. ICAISC 2019
Internet address
SeriesLecture Notes of Artificial Intelligence (Subseries of Lecture Notes in Computer Science)
VolumeLNAI 11509


  • Data mining
  • Geolocation inference
  • Natural language processing
  • Twitter
  • Eclipse
  • Statistical probability

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