Learning to geolocalise Tweets at a fine-grained level

Jorge David Gonzalez Paule, Yashar Moshfeghi, Craig Macdonald, Iadh Ounis

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Fine-grained geolocation of tweets has become an important feature for reliably performing a wide range of tasks such as real-time event detection, topic detection or disaster and emergency analysis. Recent work adopted a ranking approach to return a predicted location based on content-based similarity to already available individual geotagged tweets. However, this work made use of the IDF weighting model to compute the ranking, which can diminish the quality of the Top-N retrieved tweets. In this work, we adopt a learning to rank approach towards improving the effectiveness of the ranking and increasing the accuracy of fine-grained geolocalisation. To this end we propose a set of features extracted from pairs of geotagged tweets generated within the same fine-grained geographical area (squared areas of size 1 km). Using geotagged tweets from two cities (Chicago and New York, USA), our experimental results show that our learning to rank approach significantly outperforms previous work based on IDF ranking, and improves accuracy of tweet geolocalisation at a fine-grained level.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCIKM '18 Proceedings of the 27th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2018
EventACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management - Lingotto, Turin, Italy
Duration: 22 Oct 201826 Oct 2018


ConferenceACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
Abbreviated titleCIKM 2018
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  • information retrieval
  • Tweet geolocalisation
  • learning to rank


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