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Title:Neural geolocation prediction in Twitter
Author(s):Srinivasan, Pramod
Advisor(s):Zhai, ChengXiang
Department / Program:Computer Science
Discipline:Computer Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Deep learning
Information retrieval
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 tasks such as computer vision, speech recognition, and natural language processing, we study the application of neural models to the problem of geolocation prediction and experiment with multiple techniques to analyze neural networks for geolocation inference based solely on text. Experimental results on the dataset suggest that choosing appropriate network architecture can all increase performance on this task and demonstrate a promising extension of neural network based models for geolocation prediction. Our systematic extensive study of four supervised and three unsupervised tweet representations reveal that Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) and fastText best encode the the textual and geoloca- tional properties of tweets respectively. fastText emerges as the best model for low resource settings, providing very little degradation with reduction in embedding size.
Issue Date:2017-04-25
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Pramod Srinivasan
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-08-10
Date Deposited:2017-05

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