Paper: Major Life Event Extraction from Twitter based on Congratulations/Condolences Speech Acts

ACL ID D14-1214
Title Major Life Event Extraction from Twitter based on Congratulations/Condolences Speech Acts
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2014
Authors

Social media websites provide a platform for anyone to describe significant events taking place in their lives in realtime. Currently, the majority of personal news and life events are published in a tex- tual format, motivating information ex- traction systems that can provide a struc- tured representations of major life events (weddings, graduation, etc. . . ). This pa- per demonstrates the feasibility of accu- rately extracting major life events. Our system extracts a fine-grained description of users? life events based on their pub- lished tweets. We are optimistic that our system can help Twitter users more easily grasp information from users they take in- terest in following and also facilitate many downstream applications, for example re- altime friend recommendation.