Characterising Emergent Semantics in Twitter Lists

author: Andrés García-Silva, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
published: July 4, 2012,   recorded: May 2012,   views: 3624


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Twitter lists constitute a form of organising Twitter users into sets, and can be created and maintained by any user in Twitter. In this paper we describe a characterisation approach of the emergent semantics in these lists, which consists in deriving semantic relations between lists and users by analyzing the co-occurrence of keywords in list names. We use the vector space model and Latent Dirichlet Allocation to obtain similar keywords according to co-occurrence patterns. These results are then compared to similarity measures relying on the WordNet synset hierarchy and to existing Linked Data sets. Results show that co-occurrence of keywords based on members of the lists produce more synonyms and more correlated results to that of WordNet similarity measures.

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