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Title: Mining microblogs for culture-awareness in web adaptation
Author: Daehnhardt, Elena Alexandrovna
ISNI:       0000 0004 7963 4929
Awarding Body: Heriot-Watt University
Current Institution: Heriot-Watt University
Date of Award: 2018
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Prior studies in sociology and human-computer interaction indicate that persons from different countries and cultural origins tend to have their preferences in real-life communication and the usage of web and social media applications. With Twitter data, statistical and machine learning tools, this study advances our understand ing of microblogging in respect of cultural differences and demonstrates possible solutions of inferring and exploiting cultural origins for building adaptive web ap plications. Our findings reveal statistically significant differences in Twitter feature usage in respect of geographic locations of users. These differences in microblogger behaviour and user language defined in user profiles enabled us to infer user country origins with an accuracy of more than 90%. Other user origin predictive solutions we proposed do not require other data sources and human involvement for training the models, enabling the high accuracy of user country inference when exploiting information extracted from a user followers' network, or with data derived from Twitter profiles. With origin predictive models, we analysed communication and privacy preferences and built a culture-aware recommender system. Our analysis of friend responses shows that Twitter users tend to communicate mostly within their cultural regions. Usage of privacy settings showed that privacy perceptions differ across cultures. Finally, we created and evaluated movie recommendation strategies considering user cultural groups, and addressed a cold-start scenario with a new user. We believe that the findings discussed give insights into the sociological and web research, in particular on cultural differences in online communication.
Supervisor: Taylor, Nicholas Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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