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A Neural Model for User Geolocation and Lexical Dialectology

Abstract · Apr 13, 2017 06:35 ·

geolocation dialectology text twitter eisenstein rahimi 2010 user cs-cl

Arxiv Abstract

  • Afshin Rahimi
  • Trevor Cohn
  • Timothy Baldwin

We propose a simple yet effective text- based user geolocation model based on a neural network with one hidden layer, which achieves state of the art performance over three Twitter benchmark geolocation datasets, in addition to producing word and phrase embeddings in the hidden layer that we show to be useful for detecting dialectal terms. As part of our analysis of dialectal terms, we release DAREDS, a dataset for evaluating dialect term detection methods.

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