Event Detection from Blogs Using Large Scale Analysis of Metaphorical Usage

  • Brian J. GoodeEmail author
  • Juan Ignacio Reyes M.
  • Daniela R. Pardo-Yepez
  • Gabriel L. Canale
  • Richard M. Tong
  • David Mares
  • Michael Roan
  • Naren Ramakrishnan
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9708)


Metaphors shape the way people think, decide, and act. We hypothesize that large-scale variations in metaphor usage in blogs can be used as an indicator of societal events. To this end, we use metaphor analysis on a massive scale to study blogs in Latin America over a period ranging from 2000–2015, with most of our data occurring within a nine-year period. Using co-clustering, we form groups of similar behaving metaphors for Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, and Venezuela and characterize overrepresented as well as underrepresented metaphors for specific locations. We then focus on the metaphor’s potential relation to events by studying the tobacco tax increase in Mexico from 2009–2011. We study correspondences between changes in metaphor frequency with event occurrences, as well as the effect of temporal scaling of data windows on the frequency relationship between metaphors and events.


Metaphors Blogs Open source indicators Event detection 



Supported by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) via DoI/NBC contract number D12PC000337, the US Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints of this work for Governmental purposes notwithstanding any copyright annotation thereon. Disclaimer: The views and conclusions contained herein are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies or endorsements, either expressed or implied, of IARPA, DoI/NBC, or the US Government.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian J. Goode
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Juan Ignacio Reyes M.
    • 3
  • Daniela R. Pardo-Yepez
    • 3
  • Gabriel L. Canale
    • 3
  • Richard M. Tong
    • 4
  • David Mares
    • 3
  • Michael Roan
    • 2
  • Naren Ramakrishnan
    • 1
  1. 1.Discovery Analytics Center (Department of Computer Science)Virginia TechArlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA
  3. 3.Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS)UC San DiegoLa JollaUSA
  4. 4.Tarragon Consulting CorporationBerkeleyUSA

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