Social media’s role in the DC riots?

Comments written for the Channel News Asia, with inputs based on primary research from Dr. Saifuddin Ahmed Parts of the riot were planned online on Facebook etc - why wasn't anything done? This time the call for rioting came from the man himself, from a video posted to social media, so it's not necessary to... Continue Reading →

Google News prioritizes national news outlets in the narrative of local issues: the case of the Portland protests

(by Sean Fischer, Kokil Jaidka, and Yphtach Lelkes) Portland, OR became the object of national attention in July as the standoff between federal agents and protesters reached its climax. National attention to the conflict in Portland was awakened by the New York Times on July 17. Search interest for the topic peaked on July 20th.... Continue Reading →

Trump and social media

written for Channel News Asia in October 2020 , with inputs and primary research results provided by Dr. Saifuddin Ahmed How would you describe President Trump's use of social media, has it done more harm than good? Social media is the core communication tool for Trump and the Trump White House. In fact, even since... Continue Reading →

The language of regional well-being

Jaidka, K., Giorgi, S., Schwartz, H. A., Kern, M. L., Ungar, L. H., & Eichstaedt, J. C. (2020). Estimating geographic subjective well-being from twitter: a comparison of dictionary and data-driven language methods. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In the COVID-19 era that we are living in today, social media posts can help us... Continue Reading →

The #StayHomeforSG dashboard launch

Social media in COVID-19: building resilience or sowing stress? When the circuit-breaker came into effect in April 2020, Singaporeans suspended their daily lives to check the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Social media and computer-mediated-communication became the lifeline for communication as well as breaking news. However, social media was considered by many to be a... Continue Reading →

The SMOL Project

Image credits: Swati Vats for the SMOL project. Every story has a beginning. This post is the beginning of the SMOL Project. The Social Media, Online behavior and Language project focuses on online human behavior and computer mediated communication. One day, we'll have our own spiders, bots, crawlers, apps, and python (scripts). SMOL is also... Continue Reading →

Language modeling on social media: the pros and cons

A number of studies have used social media language to (a) profile individuals, (b) profile linguistic styles, (c) profile communities, and (d) extrapolate the results to other domains, individuals, and communities. However, my work shows that pre-trained models may not scale well to other platforms, or even on the same platform to measure aggregated groups of... Continue Reading →

The 2nd BIRNDL Workshop at SIGIR 2017!

The 2nd BIRNDL workshop and the 3rd Microsoft Research Asia CL-SciSumm Shared Task at SIGIR 2017 will focus on the problems in Big Science - the explosion in the production of scientific literature and the growth of scientific enterprise1. This document comprises the full workshop proposal and call for papers. This workshop is a follow-up to... Continue Reading →

CFP: Bibliometric-enhanced Information Retrieval and Natural Language Processing for Digital Libraries

International Journal on Digital Libraries Call for Papers Special Issue on: Bibliometric-enhanced Information Retrieval and Natural Language Processing for Digital Libraries Current digital libraries collect and allow access to digital papers and their metadata – but mostly do not analyze the full-text of the materials they index. The scale of scholarly publications poses a challenge... Continue Reading →

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