Liang Zhao, Feng Chen, Chang-Tien Lu, Naren Ramakrishnan


Twitter has become a popular social sensor. It is socially significant to surveil the tweet content under crucial themes such as "disease" and "civil unrest". However, this creates two challenges: 1) how to characterize the theme pattern, given Twitter's heterogeneity, dynamics, and unstructured language; and 2) how to model the theme consistently across multiple Twitter functions such as hashtags, replying, and friendships. In this paper, we propose a dynamic query expansion (DQE) model for theme tracking in Twitter. Specifically, DQE characterizes the theme consistency among heterogeneous entities (e.g., terms, tweets, and users) through semantic and social relationships, including co-occurrence, replying, authorship, and friendship. The proposed new optimization algorithm estimates the weight of each relationship by minimizing the Kullback-Leibler divergence. To demonstrate the effectiveness and scalability of DQE, we conducted extensive experiments to track the theme "civil unrest" across 8 Latin American countries.


Liang Zhao

Chang-Tien Lu

Naren Ramakrishnan

Feng Chen

Publication Details

Date of publication:
December 28, 2015
IEEE International Conference on Big Data