Interest Classification of Twitter Users using Wikipedia

This presentation is part of the WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 program.

Kwan Hui Lim, Amitava Datta

We present a framework for (automatically) classifying the relative interest of Twitter users using information from Wikipedia. Our proposed framework first uses Wikipedia to automatically classify a user’s celebrity followings into various interest categories, followed by determining the relative interest of the user with a weighting compared to his/her other interests. Our preliminary evaluation on Twitter shows that this framework is able to correctly classify users’ interests and that these users frequently converse about topics that both reflect their (detected) interest and a related real-life event.

A PDF file will be made available on August 5, 2013, through the WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 conference proceedings.

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