Generating neighborhood guides from social media dataImagine you're traveling to a new city and trying to rent a place to stay. What neighborhood will you stay in? What area feels right for you? I'm building neighborhood guides based on the social media that people are posting there already. PhD Thesis Proposal, the much more interesting talk, and the ICWSM 2016 Citylab workshop paper.
Why do people geotag?People post their locations on their tweets, checkins, photos - why? We went to investigate that, and ended up finding some other weird nuggets in the world of geotagging today. Paper called "State of the Geotags: Motivations and Recent Changes" at ICWSM 2017. Paper Locally
Our House, in the Middle of Our TweetsIf you have someone's geotagged tweet stream, how well can you find their home? About 80% of people within 1km. At ICWSM 2016. Paper locally - On AAAI
Other related social-media-for-understanding-cities projectsUsing Social Media Data to Understand Cities, from the Big Data and Urban Informatics Workshop, August 2014.
Finding a City's Activity Bubbles in Geotagged Social Media, at the HCOMP 2014 "Citizen+X" Workshop on Volunteer-Based Crowdsourcing in Science, Public Health, and Government, November 2014.