Resolving the where and when of social media events

Researchers from the University of Melbourne (UoM) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) have developed an algorithm that can detect important events based on the time and geographical scale of topics being actively discussed on social media. Their algorithm, detailed in the Journal of Big Data, does not require knowing which events to detect upfront and can be tailored to use smaller or larger geographical and time resolutions to reflect the dynamic nature of real-life events.

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