Human Dynamics in the Mobile and Big Data Era

The Special Issue: Human Dynamics in the Mobile and Big Data Era of the International Journal of Geographical Information Science (IJGIS), Volume 30, Issue 9 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

This issue includes our article:
Exploration of spatiotemporal and semantic clusters of Twitter data using unsupervised neural networks
Enrico Steiger, Bernd Resch & Alexander Zipf
Pages: 1694-1716 | DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2015.1099658

The investigation of human activity patterns from location-based social networks like Twitter is an established approach of how to infer relationships and latent information that characterize urban structures. Researchers from various disciplines have performed geospatial analysis on social media data despite the data’s high dimensionality, complexity and heterogeneity. However, user-generated datasets are of multi-scale nature, which results in limited applicability of commonly known geospatial analysis methods. Therefore in this paper, we propose a geographic, hierarchical self-organizing map (Geo-H-SOM) to analyze geospatial, temporal and semantic characteristics of georeferenced tweets. The results of our method, which we validate in a case study, demonstrate the ability to explore, abstract and cluster high-dimensional geospatial and semantic information from crowdsourced data.

This paper is together with related papers part of the PhD of Enrico Steiger.