Predicting User's Political Party Using Ideological Stances [chapter]

Swapna Gottipati, Minghui Qiu, Liu Yang, Feida Zhu, Jing Jiang
2013 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
Predicting users political party in social media has important impacts on many real world applications such as targeted advertising, recommendation and personalization. Several political research studies on it indicate that political parties' ideological beliefs on sociopolitical issues may influence the users political leaning. In our work, we exploit users' ideological stances on controversial issues to predict political party of online users. We propose a collaborative filtering approach to
more » ... olve the data sparsity problem of users stances on ideological topics and apply clustering method to group the users with the same party. We evaluated several state-of-the-art methods for party prediction task on debate.org dataset. The experiments show that using ideological stances with Probabilistic Matrix Factorization (PMF) technique achieves a high accuracy of 88.9% at 22.9% data sparsity rate and 80.5% at 70% data sparsity rate on users' party prediction task.
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-03260-3_16 fatcat:hz45hvedvjgizju73mbnuketpa