Are Twitter Users Equal in Predicting Elections? A Study of User Groups in Predicting 2012 U.S. Republican Presidential Primaries

  • Lu Chen
  • Wenbo Wang
  • Amit P. Sheth
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7710)


Existing studies on predicting election results are under the assumption that all the users should be treated equally. However, recent work [14] shows that social media users from different groups (e.g., “silent majority” vs. “vocal minority”) have significant differences in the generated content and tweeting behavior. The effect of these differences on predicting election results has not been exploited yet. In this paper, we study the spectrum of Twitter users who participate in the on-line discussion of 2012 U.S. Republican Presidential Primaries, and examine the predictive power of different user groups (e.g., highly engaged users vs. lowly engaged users, right-leaning users vs. left-leaning users) against Super Tuesday primaries in 10 states. The insights gained in this study can shed light on improving the social media based prediction from the user sampling perspective and more.


Electoral Prediction Twitter Analytics Social Intelligence User Categorization Engagement Degree Tweet Mode Content Type Political Preference 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lu Chen
    • 1
  • Wenbo Wang
    • 1
  • Amit P. Sheth
    • 1
  1. 1.Kno.e.sis CenterWright State UniversityDaytonUSA

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