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Earthquake shakes Twitter users: real-time event detection by social sensors

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Earthquake shakes Twitter users: real-time event detection by social sensors
Twitter, a popular microblogging service, has received much attention recently. An important characteristic of Twitter is its real-time nature. For example, when an earthquake occurs, people make many Twitter posts (tweets) related to the earthquake, which enables detection of earthquake occurrence promptly, simply by observing the tweets. As described in this paper, we investigate the real-time interaction of events such as earthquakes, in Twitter, and propose an algorithm to monitor tweets and to detect a target event. To detect a target event, we devise a classifier of tweets based on features such as the keywords in a tweet, the number of words, and their context. Subsequently, we produce a probabilistic spatiotemporal model for the target event that can find the center and the trajectory of the event location. We consider each Twitter user as a sensor and apply Kalman filtering and particle filtering, which are widely used for location estimation in ubiquitous/pervasive compu...
Takeshi Sakaki, Makoto Okazaki, Yutaka Matsuo
Added 14 May 2010
Updated 14 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2010
Where WWW
Authors Takeshi Sakaki, Makoto Okazaki, Yutaka Matsuo
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