Using Twitter data for demographic research

by Dilek Yildiz, Jo Munson, Agnese Vitali, et al.
Demographic Research Vol. 37, Article 46, pp. 1477,1514 – Published 22 November 2017

40 pp. 1.4 MB

Social media data is a promising source of social science data. However, deriving the demographic characteristics of users and dealing with the nonrandom, nonrepresentative populations from which they are drawn represent challenges for social scientists. The paper proposes best practices for estimating Twitter users’ basic demographic characteristics and a calibration method to address the selection bias in the Twitter population, allowing researchers to generalize findings based on Twitter to the general population.

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