Twitter connections shaping New York City

Stanislav Sobolevsky, Philipp Kats, Sergey Malinchik, Mark Hoffman, Brian Kettler, Constantine Kontokosta

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Geo-tagged Twitter has been proven to be a useful proxy for urban mobility, this way helping to understand the structure of the city and the shape of its local neighborhoods. In the present work we approach this problem from another angle by leveraging additional information on Twitter customers mentioning each other, which might partially reveal their social relations. We propose a novel way of constructing a spatial social network based on such data, analyze its structure and evaluate its utility for delineating urban neighborhoods. This delineation happens to have substantial similarity to the earlier one based on the user mobility network. It leads to an assumption that the social connectivity between the users is strongly related with the similarity in their mobility patterns. We justify this hypothesis enabling extrapolation of the available user mobility patterns as a proxy for social connectivity and building a network of hidden ties based on the mobility pattern similarity. Finally, we evaluate the socio-economic characteristics of the partitions for all three networks of all mentioning, reciprocal mentioning and the hidden ties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 51st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2018
EditorsTung X. Bui
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780998133119
StatePublished - 2018
Event51st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2018 - Big Island, United States
Duration: Jan 2 2018Jan 6 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
ISSN (Print)1530-1605


Conference51st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBig Island

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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