AAAI Publications, Twelfth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media

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From the User to the Medium: Neural Profiling Across Web Communities
Mohammad Akbari, Kunal Relia, Anas Elghafari, Rumi Chunara

Last modified: 2018-06-15


Online communities provide a unique way for individuals to access information from those in similar circumstances, which can be critical for health conditions that require daily and personalized management. As these groups and topics often arise organically, identifying the types of topics discussed is necessary to understand their needs. As well, these communities and people in them can be quite diverse, and existing community detection methods have not been extended towards evaluating these heterogeneities. This has been limited as community detection methodologies have not focused on community detection based on semantic relations between textual features of the user-generated content. Thus here we develop an approach, NeuroCom, that optimally finds dense groups of users as communities in a latent space inferred by neural representation of published contents of users. By embedding of words and messages, we show that NeuroCom demonstrates improved clustering and identifies more nuanced discussion topics in contrast to other common unsupervised learning approaches.


Community Detection and Profiling; Neural Model; Diabetes; Social Media Computing

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