Doctoral Defense – Michael Wolf

Candidate: Michael Wolf

Doctor of Philosophy in Earth System and Geoinformation Sciences

Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science

Date:   Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Time:   1:00 – 3:00 PM

Place:  Exploratory Hall 2304

 

TITLE: SOCIOLINGUISTIC ANALYSIS OF GEOLOCATED SOCIAL MEDIA FOR INFERRING DEMOGRAPHICS

Committee:

Dissertation Director: Dr. Arie Croitoru

Committee Members: Dr. Anthony Stefanidis, Dr. Dieter Pfoser, and Dr. Andrew Crooks

ABSTRACT

The readability and grammar structure of text documents has been studied from a linguistic perspective long before people began to regularly communicate via internet technologies. Typically, such studies looked at books or articles containing many paragraphs and pages. However, the regional variability of readability and personal linguistics usage of short messages comprising a few sentences, common on today’s social networking sites and microblogging services, has received less attention from researchers working on readability and personal language. This research seeks to expand the body of understanding on regional variation of personal linguistics usage by using Flesch-Kincaid’s readability score and Shannon’s entropy as measures to determine their relationship to demographic information.