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Measuring citizen participation in South African public debates using Twitter: An exploratory study

Mwanza, Selvas and Hussein Suleman (2016) Measuring citizen participation in South African public debates using Twitter: An exploratory study. In Lossio-Ventura, Juan Antonio and Hugo Alatrista-Salas, Eds. Proceedings Symposium on Information Management and Big Data 2016 (SIMBig 2016), pages 26-34, Cusco, Peru.

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Abstract

This paper addresses the task of measuring Twitter social attributes that can be used for detecting patterns that show user participation in public debates in South African. We propose a method that leverages observable information on Twitter such as use of language, retweeting user behaviour, and the relationship between topics and the user social network graph. Our experimental results suggest high degrees of citizen participation: people in an otherwise multilingual country tweet in a dominant language; there is more original commentary and interactive discussion; and topics often span natural online communities.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Subjects:H Information Systems: H.3 INFORMATION STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL
ID Code:1163
Deposited By:Suleman, Hussein
Deposited On:17 Febuary 2017
Alternative Locations:http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1743/paper2.pdf