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Active social listening to protect Online Reputation (Part 2)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a guest post by Leopoldo Martínez D., a researcher and consultant on social media corporate intelligence and lecturer at UCV and IESA (Venezuela), and it was originally published on his blog (in Spanish).

 

  1. Introduction

As I stated in the first part of this post, I will show how online reputation evaluation was used in a real situation related to the tourism industry.

  1. The unexpected event: A shooting at a music festival in Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya

January 6-15, 2017, a music festival was scheduled to be held in Playa del Carmen, as well as a series of events related to both music and the tourism industry. On January 15, a shooting occurred in a well-known bar where people were celebrating the end of the festival.

When the shooting happened, messages quickly spread through social networks to give information and comment on the context in which the incident and how it happened. Some conversations revealed an interesting fact: The shooting was not an isolated event but stemmed from the “situation of crime that the Riviera Maya went through in 2011″.

Could this affect the Riviera Maya’s reputation as a tourist destination? Could “several years in a situation of crime” have already influenced the tourism industry’s image? These are some of the questions that the public and private actors that provide services and products in this tourist area might have been asking themselves.

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Active social listening to protect Online Reputation (Part 1)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a guest post by Leopoldo Martínez D., a researcher, consultant on social media corporate intelligence and lecturer at UCV and IESA (Venezuela), and it was originally published on his blog (in Spanish).

 

1. Introduction

In this previous post, I suggested that conversations taking place in virtual communities fostered by a digital marketing plan generate feedback that is useful for assessing and monitoring a digital’s marketing strategy’s performance.

This feedback could generate a huge amount of valuable data (Big Data) which enables the creation of a knowledge base for the topic being talked about, who is participating, who is having the greatest impact on brand image, products, people, or organizations.

This knowledge base can also be fed by discussions arising from unexpected events which are not part of the communication plan but deal with the virtual community’s topics of interest.

To specifically assess the conversation’s impact, it is necessary to pay attention (beyond listening) to what is being said through metrics (qualitative and quantitative) that reflect the online community’s perception on brands, products, people, or organizations. After all, this perception is a way to measure an online reputation.

With this need in mind, the purpose of this post is to show how to use the active listening of conversations in social networks to evaluate your online reputation.
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#ILovePolitics: Political discourse analysis in social media

We continue with the #ILovePolitics series of tutorials! We will show how to use MeaningCloud for extracting interesting insights to build your own Political Intel Reports and, at the same price, turning you into a Data Scientist giant in the field of Social Media Analytics.

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Political issues

Politics and Social Media Analytics

Our research objective is to study and compare the discourse of different politicians during the electoral campaign, using their messages in Twitter. We are going to compare tweets by the four most popular (mentioned) politicians in our previous tutorial: Barack Obama (@barackobama), Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton), Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) and Jeb Bush (@JebBush).

  • What are their key messages?
  • What do they focus on?
  • Are really there different ways of doing politics?

Before we start, three remarks: 1) we will focus on U.S. Politics, in English language, but the same analysis can be adapted for your own country or language as long as it is supported in MeaningCloud, 2) this is a technical tutorial: we will develop some coding, but in general, everyone can understand the purpose of this tutorial, and 3) although this tutorial will use PHP, any non-rookie programmer can translate the programs to any language.

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Could Antidepressants Be the Cause of Birth Defects?

We agree that it is not typical at all for an Information Technology company to talk about antidepressants and pregnancy in its own blog. But here at MeaningCloud we have realized that health issues have a great impact on social networks, and the companies from that industry, including pharmas, should try to understand the conversation which arises around them. How? Through text analysis technology, as discussed below.

Looking at the data collected by our prototype for monitoring health issues in social media, we were surprised by the sudden increase in mentions of the term ‘pregnancy’ on July 10. In order to understand the reason of this fact, we analyzed the tweets related to pregnancy and childbearing. It turned out that the same day a piece of news on a study issued by the British Medical Journal about the harmful effects that antidepressants can have on the fetus had been published.
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Exploring Social Media for Healthcare Data

People enjoy sharing information through social media, including healthcare data. Yeah, it is true! And it constitutes the starting point of the research work titled ‘Exploring Spanish health social media for detecting drug effects’, which aims at following social media conversations to identify how people talk about their relation with drug consumption. This allows identifying possible adverse effects previously unknown related to these drugs. Although there is a protocol to communicate to the authorities the identification of a drug adverse effect, only a 5 – 20% of them are reported. Besides, conversations around drugs, symptoms, conditions and diseases can be analyzed to learn more about them. For example, it is possible to see how people search for specific drugs using social media, while others sell them, perhaps illegally. Many others talk about mixing alcohol with drugs or other illegal substances. Of course, one cannot believe everything that appears on the Internet this is another issue—, but it can highlight some hypothesis for further research.

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Some researchers from the Advanced Databases Group at Carlos III University of Madrid have carried out the mentioned study, designing hybrid models to capture the needed knowledge to identify adverse effects. The Natural Language Processing platform which supports the implementation of the analysis process based on such models is MeaningCloud. The customization capabilities provided by the platform have been decisive to include specific vocabulary and medical domain knowledge. As we know, the names of drugs and symptoms might be complex and, in some cases, difficult to write properly. The algorithm’s results are promising, with a 10% increase in recall when compared to other known algorithms. You can find further details in the scientific paper published by the BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making Journal.

These developments have been part of the TrendMiner project, and are now available in the prototype website TrendMiner Health Analytics Dashboard, which shows people’s comments about antidepressants gathered from social media. The console displays the mentions of antidepressants and related symptoms and, by clicking on any of them, their evolution over time. Moreover, the source texts analyzed to compute those mentions are shown at the bottom, with labels highlighting the names of drugs, symptoms or diseases, and any relations among them. Such relations might say if a drug is indicated for a symptom or if a disease is an adverse effect of the mentioned drug. The prototype also allows searching by the ATC code (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification System) and the corresponding level according to this classification scheme. So, if you mark the ‘By Active Substance’ selector, you are searching any drug containing the active substance of the product you inserted in the search box. Furthermore, the predictive search functionality makes easier to find the right expression for a drug or disease.

Health and pharma companies can exploit their unstructured information

There are new kinds of data that are specific to the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries (such as electronic health records) as well as data science tools that allow us to extract valuable knowledge from that data.

 

With MeaningCloud, it is possible to identify the costs of medical treatments, their efficiency (cost, benefits, and risks), references to drugs, side effects, or long-term results. That is why our text analytics solution for the healthcare and pharma domains has so much potential.


#TuitometroMadrid: a demonstration of MeaningCloud’s capabilities

Using MeaningCloud’s APIs we have developed in a few days a social monitoring tool for a highly topical theme: the local and regional elections in Spain.

Due to the great expectations raised by the upcoming elections of May 24th, several initiatives have appeared that try to analyze the conversation in social media about the different policy options.
We would like to show you one of them, which won’t be given the medal for arriving first, but will definitely win one for being the fastest (we will explain later this apparent contradiction).
At MeaningCloud we have developed #TuitometroMadrid (in Spanish), an application that enables to analyze thoroughly and in real time the conversation on Twitter about the political parties and candidates shortlisted for the Community of Madrid and Madrid’s City Council.

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#TuitometroMadrid allows to monitor the buzz, the opinions, and the relevant terms and hashtags around each political option and to compare them aggregately.

TuitometroMadrid Sentiment

Why do we say that it is the fastest tool? Because, besides the fact that it provides the information virtually in real time (and not as post hoc reports), it’s development has been the quickest: by using MeaningCloud’s APIs, an engineer implemented all the semantic analysis of social content in less than one day.
Apart from its usefulness as an informative tool, #TuitometroMadrid is a demonstration that semantic analysis technologies serve to solve real problems in a simple and affordable way.

Would you like to embed semantic analysis into your applications in the easiest, most customizable and affordable way? Use MeaningCloud for free.


Emergency Management through Real-Time Analysis of Social Media

Serving citizens without paying attention to social media?

App Llamada Emergencias

The traditional access channels to the public emergency services (typically the phone number 112 in Europe) should be extended to the real-time analysis of social media (web 2.0 channels). This observation is the starting point of one of the lines which the Telefónica Group (a reference global provider of integrated systems for emergency management) has been working in, with a view to its integration in its SENECA platform.

Social dashboard for emergency management

At Daedalus we have been working for Telefónica in the development of a social dashboard that analyzes and organizes the information shared in social networks (Twitter, initially) before, during and after an incident of interest to emergency care services. From the functional point of view, this entails:

  • Collecting the interactions (tweets) related to incidents in a given geographical area
  • Classifying them according to the type of incident (gatherings, accidents, natural disasters…)
  • Identifying the phase in the life cycle of the incident (alert or pre-incident, incident or post-incident)

Benefits for organizations that manage emergencies

Love Parade Duisburg

Love Parade Duisburg

Anticipate incidents

Anticipation of events which, due to their unpredictability or unknown magnitude, should be object of further attention by the emergency services. Within this scenario are the events involving gatherings of people which are called, spread or simply commented through social networks (attendance to leisure or sport events, demonstrations, etc.). Predicting the dimensions and scope of these events is fundamental for planning the operations of different authorities. We recall in this respect the case of the disorders resulting from a birthday party called on Facebook in the Dutch town of Haren in 2012 or the tragedy of the Love Parade in Duisburg.
 

Flood in Elizondo, Navarre, 2014

Flood in Elizondo, Navarre, 2014

Enrich the available information

Social networks enable the instant sharing of images and videos that are often sources of information of the utmost importance to know the conditions of an emergency scenario before the arrival of the assistance services. User-generated contents can be incorporated to an incident’s record in real time, in order to help clarify its magnitude, the exact location or an unknown perspective of the event.

 

 

Text Analytics technology

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For the analysis of social content, the text analytics semantic technology (text mining) of MeaningCloud is employed. Its cloud services are used to:

  • Identify the language of the message
  • Classify the message according to a taxonomy (ontology) developed for this scenario (accidents of various kinds, assaults, natural disasters, gatherings, etc.)
  • Extract the mentioned entities (names of people, organizations, places) and the message’s relevant concepts
  • Identify the author or transmitter of each tweet.
  • Extract the geographic location of the transmitter and the incident
  • Extract the time of the message and the incident
  • Classify the impact of the message
  • Extract audiovisual (pictures and videos) and reference (links to web pages, attached documents…) material mentioned in the tweet for documenting the incident
  • Group automatically the messages relating to a same incident within an open record
  • Extract tag clouds related to incidents

Twalert Console

Twalert ConsoleA multidimensional social perspective

Text analytics components are integrated into a web application that constitutes a complete social dashboard offering three perspectives:

  • Geographical perspective, with maps showing the location of the messages’ transmitters, with the possibility of zooming on specific areas.
  • Temporal perspective: a timeline with the evolution of the impact of an incident on social networks, incorporating sentiment analysis.
  • Record perspective: gathering all the information about an incident.

Twitter Accidente Trafico

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Telefónica and Daedalus (now MeaningCloud) at LT-Accelerate

Telefónica and Daedalus (now MeaningCloud) will jointly present these solutions at the LT-Accelerate conference (organized by LT-Innovate and Seth Grimes), which will be held in Brussels, on December 4 and 5, 2014. We invite you to join us and visit our stand as sponsor of this event. We will tell you how we use language processing technologies for the benefit of our customers in this and other industries.

 

Register at LT-Accelerate. It is the ideal forum in Europe for the users and customers (current or potential) of text analysis technologies.

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Jose C. Gonzalez (@jc_gonzalez)

[Translation from Spanish by Luca de Filippis]


Analyzig audience and opinion on live events for Social TV

By the end of June, we took part in the TVX 2014 international conference on interactive experiences for television and online video with a demo entitled “Numbat – Tracking Buzz and Sentiment for Second Screens”. On it we showed our work and expertise on social media analytics applied to television and live events, combining semantic analysis technologies and real-time data processing to get metrics on social audience and opinions about each feature of the live program or event.

Social TV is not only a continuously growing area, but also a thoroughly mature one, with dozens of companies interested in user interaction and social marketing. Social media are giving particular importance to this interaction between users and TV broadcasts. To realize how far the social conversation about international events goes, you could take a look at Twitter’s recap on FIFA World Cup 2014 group stage.

cristianoDuring the conference we could see the ways industry and researchers are taking to make their point on Social and Interactive TV. For example, second screen applications allow viewers to have a deeper understanding on what they are watching, providing additional information related to the broadcast (usually ad hoc and synchronized for a better user experience) or through automatic trends discovery. Other approaches try to help users finding the right TV programs by studying their habits and behaviors when watching television.

For our demo, we chose to visualize two World Cup matches being played at the same time: United States – Germany and Portugal – Ghana.

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