Social Data Mining: Collection and Analysis of Political Posts

  • Author / Creator
    Chaari, Ahmed
  • Social Networks become an important part of people's lives. A large number of individuals contribute to their contents. All aspects of everyday life -- from work to politics, and further from entertainment to personal events -- are reflected in posts generated on a daily basis. Those posts are perceived as a source of information that becomes a target and subject of analysis and research. This thesis addresses an issue of collecting and analyzing tweet posts. A comprehensive study of available programming tools suitable for collecting posts from multiple social networks has been conducted. Based on the results of that investigation, we have designed and developed a methodology for collecting tweets. Further, we have constructed a Social Data Mining Platform. The platform, implemented using Elasticsearch (open source full-text search engine), provides a number of approaches and algorithms for analysis of tweets. The analysis goes beyond processing of hast-tags and includes matching processes that involve the whole context of tweets. We have selected political tweets as the subject of our study. We have demonstrated how the proposed platform can be used to gain better understanding of political issues and opinions of a populace.

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  • Graduation date
    2016-06:Fall 2016
  • Type of Item
  • Degree
    Master of Science
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  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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  • Institution
    University of Alberta
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  • Department
    • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Specialization
    • Software Engineering and Intelligent Systems
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Marek Reformat (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Marek Reformat (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
    • Petr Musiek (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
    • Ergun Kuru (Civil & Environmental Engineering)