City of the people, for the people: Sensing urban dynamics via social media interactions

Sofiane Abbar, Tahar Zanouda, Noora Al-Emadi, Rachida Zegour

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Abstract

Understanding the spatio-temporal dynamics of cities is important for many applications including urban planning, zoning, and real-estate construction. So far, much of this understanding came from traditional surveys conducted by persons or by leveraging mobile data in the form of Call Detailed Records. However, the high financial and human cost associated with these methods make the data availability very limited. In this paper, we investigate the use of large scale and publicly available user contributed content, in the form of social media posts to understand the urban dynamics of cities. We build activity time series for different cities, and different neighborhoods within the same city to identify the different dynamic patterns taking place. Next, we conduct a cluster analysis on the time series to understand the spatial distribution of patterns in the city.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Informatics - 10th International Conference, SocInfo 2018, Proceedings
EditorsSteffen Staab, Olessia Koltsova, Dmitry I. Ignatov
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages3-14
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783030011581
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event10th Conference on Social Informatics, SocInfo 2018 - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 25 Sep 201828 Sep 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11186 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other10th Conference on Social Informatics, SocInfo 2018
CountryRussian Federation
CitySaint-Petersburg
Period25/9/1828/9/18

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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Abbar, S., Zanouda, T., Al-Emadi, N., & Zegour, R. (2018). City of the people, for the people: Sensing urban dynamics via social media interactions. In S. Staab, O. Koltsova, & D. I. Ignatov (Eds.), Social Informatics - 10th International Conference, SocInfo 2018, Proceedings (pp. 3-14). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 11186 LNCS). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-01159-8_1