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An analysis of the user occupational class through Twitter content

Preoţiuc-Pietro, D; Lampos, V; Aletras, N; (2015) An analysis of the user occupational class through Twitter content. In: Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing : Volume 1: Long Papers. The Association for Computational Linguistics Green open access

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Abstract

Social media content can be used as a complementary source to the traditional methods for extracting and studying collective social attributes. This study focuses on the prediction of the occupational class for a public user profile. Our analysis is conducted on a new annotated corpus of Twitter users, their respective job titles, posted textual content and platform-related attributes. We frame our task as classification using latent feature representations such as word clusters and embeddings. The employed linear and, especially, non-linear methods can predict a user’s occupational class with strong accuracy for the coarsest level of a standard occupation taxonomy which includes nine classes. Combined with a qualitative assessment, the derived results confirm the feasibility of our approach in inferring a new user attribute that can be embedded in a multitude of downstream applications.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: An analysis of the user occupational class through Twitter content
Event: Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
ISBN: 9781941643723
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/P/P15/
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1467985
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