Investigating the Behaviour of Twitter Users to Construct an Individual-Level Model of Metropolitan Dynamics.

Birkin, Mark and Malleson, Nicholas (2012) Investigating the Behaviour of Twitter Users to Construct an Individual-Level Model of Metropolitan Dynamics. NCRM Working Paper. NCRM. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In this paper, consideration is given to the use of new forms of social network data as a means to enrich our understanding of complex structures and activity patterns in urban areas. Specifically, a sample of Twitter messages (‘tweets’) in the city of Leeds is assembled from publicly available sources, and spatial and temporal patterns in these data are demonstrated, with special reference to the geodemographic profiles of service users. It is argued that classical space-time models of individual behaviour provide one possible framework for the interpretation of patterns, and the process of attempting to classify activities is begun with reference to the geographical distribution, timing and, importantly, the content of messages. Some initial analysis is undertaken to examine emerging networks of interconnection between users and individual users’ spatio-temporal behaviour. In the discussion, it is suggested that the integration of this form of social data analysis with existing microscale representations and multi-agent models of city structure and dynamics will provide fertile ground for future research.

Item Type:Working Paper (NCRM Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Social Networks, Twitter, space-time path, complexity, microsimulation, agent-based model.
Subjects:5. Quantitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 5.9 Spatial Data Analysis
5. Quantitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 5.12 Data Mining
5. Quantitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 5.13 Simulation
5. Quantitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 5.17 Quantitative Approaches (other)
ID Code:3166
Deposited By: TALIS User
Deposited On:14 Aug 2013 09:50
Last Modified:06 Sep 2013 13:29

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