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Automatic Identification of Personal Life Events in Twitter

Dickinson, Thomas; Fernández, Miriam; Thomas, Lisa A.; Mulholland, Paul; Briggs, Pam and Alani, Harith (2015). Automatic Identification of Personal Life Events in Twitter. In: ACM Web Science (WebSci '15), 28 Jun - 1 Jul 2015, Oxford, UK.

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New social media has led to an explosion in personal digital data that encompasses both those expressions of self chosen by the individual as well as reflections of self provided by other, third parties. The resulting Digital Personhood (DP) data is complex and for many users it is too easy to become lost in the mire of digital data. This paper studies the automatic detection of personal life events in Twitter. Six relevant life events are considered from psychological research including: beginning school; first full time job; falling in love; marriage; having children and parent's death. We define a variety of features (user, content, semantic and interaction) to capture the characteristics of those life events and present the results of several classification methods to automatically identify these events in Twitter.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Authors
Keywords: social media; personal events
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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Item ID: 44295
Depositing User: Kay Dave
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2015 09:59
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2018 04:02
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