Ad verba per numeros

Monday, September 26, 2011, 01:48 PM
More than a year ago I discussed on this blog why you cannot predict elections from Twitter (here and here).

In the second of those posts I talked about a paper that, at that moment, was just submitted to a journal (actually a magazine). Today, I can announce it has been published by Communications of the ACM under the title "Don't Turn Social Media Into Another 'Literary Digest' Poll". (You can find author's version here).

During these months, some joint work was conducted with Takis Metaxas and Eni Mustafaraj: "Limits of Electoral Predictions Using Twitter".

Combining contents from the first paper with discussions held with Eni and Takis, and also during ICWSM 2011, I prepared an invited lecture for the people at Yahoo! Research in Barcelona that was held on July 21, 2011.

I think the slides are a good companion for the CACM paper and, hence, I've just uploaded them to Slideshare.

Enjoy and tweet me if you please (@PFCdgayo).