Two 1%s Don't Make a Whole: Comparing Simultaneous Samples from Twitter's Streaming API

@inproceedings{Joseph2014Two1D,
  title={Two 1%s Don't Make a Whole: Comparing Simultaneous Samples from Twitter's Streaming API},
  author={Kenneth Joseph and Peter Landwehr and Kathleen M. Carley},
  booktitle={SBP},
  year={2014}
}
In the present work, we compare samples of tweets from the Twitter Streaming API that were constructed from different connections tracking the same popular keywords at the same time. We find that tweets from the Streaming API are not sampled at random; rather, on average over 96% of the tweets seen in one sample are seen in all others. Somewhat surprisingly, however, tweets found only in a subset of samples do not significantly differ from those found in all samples in terms of user popularity… CONTINUE READING
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