Session F28: Physical Approaches to Social Modeling

8:00 AM–11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Room: 336

Sponsoring Unit: GSNP
Chair: Bruno Goncalves, Indiana University

Abstract ID: BAPS.2013.MAR.F28.6

Abstract: F28.00006 : Language Geography from Microblogging Platforms

9:24 AM–9:36 AM

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  Delia Mocanu
    (Northeastern University)

  Andrea Baronchelli
    (Northeastern University)

  Nicola Perra
    (Northeastern University)

  Bruno Gon\c{c}alves
    (Aix-Marseille Universit\'e)

  Alessandro Vespignani
    (Northeastern University)

Microblogging platforms have now become major open source indicators for complex social interactions. With the advent of smartphones, the everincreasing mobile Internet traffic gives us the unprecedented opportunity to complement studies of complex social phenomena with real-time location information. In this work, we show that the data nowadays accessible allows for detailed studies at different scales, ranging from country-level aggregate analysis to the analysis of linguistic communities withing specific neighborhoods. The high resolution and coverage of this data permits us to investigate such issues as the linguistic homogeneity of different countries, touristic seasonal patterns within countries, and the geographical distribution of different languages in bilingual regions. This work highlights the potentialities of geolocalized studies of open data sources that can provide an extremely detailed picture of the language geography.

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