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Understanding the dynamics involving social media and academia

Grant number: 22/13890-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2023
Effective date (End): March 31, 2024
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Computer Science
Principal Investigator:Diego Raphael Amancio
Grantee:Ana Caroline Medeiros Brito
Supervisor: Yong-Yeol Ahn
Host Institution: Instituto de Ciências Matemáticas e de Computação (ICMC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Research place: Indiana University, United States  
Associated to the scholarship:20/14817-2 - Using complex networks and natural language processing to characterize and predict academic success, BP.DR


Social media is an important way for scholars to achieve visibility and reach wider audiences. Given this context, this project research aims to explore the dynamics involving scholars on Twitter. More specifically, we want to characterize the scientific discussions on Twitter, the audience, and the speakers. For instance, we are interested in what kind of topic is discussed among scholars and how they reach different populations. After characterizing the data, we are also interested in understanding the interplay among scholars' features extracted from Twitter and their academic careers, and how virtual self-promotion impacts their citations. One of the main challenges of this project is to match entities present in both sources: Twitter data and academic data. Our methodology to solve this problem includes matching name strategies present in other works, and the adoption of algorithms to classify tweets and entities (profiles) using numeric and textual data. We expect to deepen our goals and obtain as result a more complete and complex overview of the scholars' environment to dialogue and promote themselves. (AU)

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