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Learning Digital Geographies through a Graph-Based Semi-supervised Approach

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posted on 2020-05-15, 09:14 authored by P Liu, S De Sabbata
As social media have become an integral part of many people’s everyday life, there has been an increasing interest in exploring how the content shared through those online platforms comes to contribute to the collaborative creation of places in physical space. Indeed, the distinction between online and physical spaces and activities is rapidly degrading. However, exploring those digital geographies is a complex task, due to the quantity and variety of data. In this paper, we introduce a semi-supervised, deep neural network approach to classify geo-located social media posts based on their text content, media content, and geographic location, using a limited set of pre-defined categories. Our approach combines a stacked multi-modal autoencoder neural network to create joint representations of text and images, and graph convolution neural network for semi-supervised classification. The results presented in this paper show that our approach performs the classification of social media content with higher accuracy than a traditional Support Vector Machine model. Thus, the presented approach has the potential to develop in a powerful tool to complement content analysis in the study of digital geographies.

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Journal of Spatial Information Science, 2020, In Press

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING/School of Geography, Geology and the Environment

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GeoComputation 2019

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Journal of Spatial Information Science

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University of Maine

eissn

1948-660X

Acceptance date

2019-06-17

Copyright date

2020

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TBA

Spatial coverage

Queenstown, New Zealand

Temporal coverage: start date

2019-09-18

Temporal coverage: end date

2018-09-21

Language

en

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