Text-based geolocation prediction of social media users with neural networks

Ismini Lourentzou, Alex Morales, Chengxiang Zhai

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Abstract

Inferring the location of a user has been a valuable step for many applications that leverage social media, such as marketing, security monitoring and recommendation systems. Motivated by the recent success of Deep Learning techniques for many other tasks such as computer vision, speech recognition, and natural language processing, we study the application of neural networks to the problem of geolocation prediction and experiment with multiple techniques to improve neural networks for geolocation inference based solely on text. Experimental results on three Twitter datasets suggest that choosing appropriate network architecture, activation function, and performing Batch Normalization, can all increase performance on this task.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2017
EditorsJian-Yun Nie, Zoran Obradovic, Toyotaro Suzumura, Rumi Ghosh, Raghunath Nambiar, Chonggang Wang, Hui Zang, Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Xiaohua Hu, Jeremy Kepner, Alfredo Cuzzocrea, Jian Tang, Masashi Toyoda
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages696-705
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781538627143
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017
Event5th IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2017 - Boston, United States
Duration: Dec 11 2017Dec 14 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2017 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2017
Volume2018-January

Other

Other5th IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2017
CountryUnited States
CityBoston
Period12/11/1712/14/17

Keywords

  • Deep Learning
  • Geolocation prediction
  • Neural Networks
  • Text-based Geotagging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Control and Optimization

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