Jon Sperling

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Twitter is an electronic medium that allows a large user populace to communicate with each other simultaneously. Inherent to Twitter is an asymmetrical relationship between friends and followers that provides an interesting social network like structure among the users of Twitter. Twitter messages, called tweets, are restricted to 140 characters and thus(More)
News articles contain a wealth of implicit geographic content that if exposed to readers improves understanding of today's news. However, most articles are not explicitly geotagged with their geographic content, and few news aggregation systems expose this content to users. A new system named NewsStand is presented that collects, analyzes, and displays news(More)
STEWARD ("Spatio-Textual Extraction on the Web Aiding Retrieval of Documents"), a system for extracting, querying, and visualizing textual references to geographic locations in unstructured text documents, is presented. Methods for retrieving and processing web documents, extracting and disambiguating georeferences, and identifying geographic focus are(More)
NewsStand is an example application of a general framework to enable people to search for information using a map query interface, where the information results from monitoring the output of over 10,000 RSS news sources and is available for retrieval within minutes of publication. The advantage of doing so is that a map, coupled with an ability to vary the(More)
The <i>spatio-textual spreadsheet</i> is a conventional spreadsheet where spatial attribute values are specified textually. Techniques are presented to automatically find the textually-specified spatial attributes that are present in spreadsheets. Once the spatial attributes have been identified, an accurate translation of the values of the spatial(More)
A system is described that automatically categorizes and classifies infectious disease incidence reports by type and geographic location, to aid analysis by domain experts. It identifies references to infectious diseases by using a disease ontology. The system leverages the textual and spatial search capabilities of the STEWARD system to enable queries such(More)
A spatio-textual sear h engine, termed \STEWARD" is demonstrated where do ument similarity is based on both the textual similarity as well as the spatial proximity of the lo ations in the do ument to the spatial sear h input. STEWARD's performan e is enhan ed by the presen e of a do ument tagger that is able to identify textual referen es to geographi al(More)
The NewsStand system is an example application of a general framework that we are developing to enable people to search for information using a map query interface, where the information results from monitoring the output of over 8,000 RSS news sources and is available for retrieval within minutes of publication. The advantage of doing so is that a map,(More)
This study addressed how parents' relative involvement in child care is related to marital-role quality and psychological distress. These relationships were examined in a random sample of 133 mothers and fathers in dual-earner couples. Regression analyses employing hierarchical linear modeling techniques indicated that the more fathers participated in child(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine whether access to housing assistance is associated with better health among low-income adults. METHODS We used National Health Interview Survey data (1999-2012) linked to US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administrative records (1999-2014) to examine differences in reported fair or poor health and psychological(More)