Distinguishing In-Groups and Onlookers by Language Use

Joshua Minot, Milo Trujillo, Samuel Rosenblatt, Guillermo De Anda-Jáuregui, Emily Moog, Allison M. Roth, Briane Paul Samson, Laurent Hébert-Dufresne


Abstract
Inferring group membership of social media users is of high interest in many domains. Group membership is typically inferred via network interactions with other members, or by the usage of in-group language. However, network information is incomplete when users or groups move between platforms, and in-group keywords lose significance as public discussion about a group increases. Similarly, using keywords to filter content and users can fail to distinguish between the various groups that discuss a topic—perhaps confounding research on public opinion and narrative trends. We present a classifier intended to distinguish members of groups from users discussing a group based on contextual usage of keywords. We demonstrate the classifier on a sample of community pairs from Reddit and focus on results related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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2022.wassa-1.15
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Proceedings of the 12th Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity, Sentiment & Social Media Analysis
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May
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2022
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Dublin, Ireland
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WASSA
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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157–171
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10.18653/v1/2022.wassa-1.15
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Joshua Minot, Milo Trujillo, Samuel Rosenblatt, Guillermo De Anda-Jáuregui, Emily Moog, Allison M. Roth, Briane Paul Samson, and Laurent Hébert-Dufresne. 2022. Distinguishing In-Groups and Onlookers by Language Use. In Proceedings of the 12th Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity, Sentiment & Social Media Analysis, pages 157–171, Dublin, Ireland. Association for Computational Linguistics.
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