Twitter as an indicator for whereabouts of people? Correlating Twitter with UK census data

Enrico Steiger, René Westerholt, Bernd Resch, Alexander Zipf
2015 Computers, Environment and Urban Systems  
Detailed knowledge regarding the whereabouts of people and their social activities in urban areas with high spatial and temporal resolution is still widely unexplored. Thus, the spatiotemporal analysis of Location Based Social Networks (LBSN) has great potential regarding the ability to sense spatial processes and to gain knowledge about urban dynamics, especially with respect to collective human mobility behavior. The objective of this paper is to explore the semantic association between
more » ... erenced tweets and their respective spatiotemporal whereabouts. We apply a semantic topic model classification and spatial autocorrelation analysis to detect tweets indicating specific human social activities. We correlated observed tweet patterns with official census data for the case study of London in order to underline the significance and reliability of Twitter data. Our empirical results of semantic and spatiotemporal clustered tweets show an overall strong positive correlation in comparison with workplace population census data, being a good indicator and representative proxy for analyzing workplace-based activities.
doi:10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2015.09.007 fatcat:by53wwwhwzb2bouay6hafp5fdu