Event detection from blogs using large scale analysis of metaphorical usage

Brian J. Goode, Juan Ignacio Reyes M., Daniela R. Pardo-Yepez, Gabriel L. Canale, Richard M. Tong, David Mares, Michael Roan, Naren Ramakrishnan

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Abstract

Metaphors shape the way people think, decide, and act. We hypothesize that large-scale variations in metaphor usage in blogs can be used as an indicator of societal events. To this end, we use metaphor analysis on a massive scale to study blogs in Latin America over a period ranging from 2000-2015, with most of our data occurring within a nine-year period. Using co-clustering, we form groups of similar behaving metaphors for Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, and Venezuela and characterize overrepresented as well as underrepresented metaphors for specific locations. We then focus on the metaphor’s potential relation to events by studying the tobacco tax increase in Mexico from 2009-2011. We study correspondences between changes in metaphor frequency with event occurrences, as well as the effect of temporal scaling of data windows on the frequency relationship between metaphors and events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial, Cultural, and Behavioral Modeling - 9th International Conference, SBP-BRiMS 2016, Proceedings
EditorsNathaniel Osgood, Kevin S. Xu, David Reitter, Dongwon Lee
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages216-225
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783319399300
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Event9th International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation, SBP-BRiMS 2016 - Washington, United States
Duration: Jun 28 2016Jul 1 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9708 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other9th International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation, SBP-BRiMS 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington
Period6/28/167/1/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science

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