Nationality Classification Using Name Embeddings

@article{Ye2017NationalityCU,
  title={Nationality Classification Using Name Embeddings},
  author={Junting Ye and Shuchu Han and Yifan Hu and Baris Coskun and Meizhu Liu and Hong Qin and Steven Skiena},
  journal={Proceedings of the 2017 ACM on Conference on Information and Knowledge Management},
  year={2017}
}
  • Junting Ye, S. Han, S. Skiena
  • Published 25 August 2017
  • Computer Science
  • Proceedings of the 2017 ACM on Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
Nationality identification unlocks important demographic information, with many applications in biomedical and sociological research. Existing name-based nationality classifiers use name substrings as features and are trained on small, unrepresentative sets of labeled names, typically extracted from Wikipedia. As a result, these methods achieve limited performance and cannot support fine-grained classification. We exploit the phenomena of homophily in communication patterns to learn name… 
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