Paper: Simple supervised document geolocation with geodesic grids

ACL ID P11-1096
Title Simple supervised document geolocation with geodesic grids
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2011

We investigate automatic geolocation (i.e. identification of the location, expressed as latitude/longitude coordinates) of documents. Geolocation can be an effective means of sum- marizing large document collections and it is an important component of geographic infor- mation retrieval. We describe several simple supervised methods for document geolocation using only the document’s raw text as evi- dence. All of our methods predict locations in the context of geodesic grids of varying de- grees of resolution. We evaluate the methods on geotagged Wikipedia articles and Twitter feeds. For Wikipedia, our best method obtains a median prediction error of just 11.8 kilome- ters. Twitter geolocation is more challenging: we obtain a median error of 479 km, an im- provement on previous results fo...