Immigrant communities have been the subject of much urban social science research, but this population can be difficult to identify and study effectively. Here we propose and evaluate a method for sentiment analysis of microblogging data of Portuguese-speaking residents. We ask, how do Portuguese-speaking microbloggers compare to English-speaking microbloggers in terms of overall happiness and attitude? And how do the results of a sentiment analysis of microblog data compare with traditional indicators of well-being in cities? We compare the results of the qualitative sentiment analysis with traditional quantitative indicators of economic and social well-being based on US Census data. While there are weaknesses in comparing overall sentiment between English and Portuguese, the benefits are vast in setting up statistically valid and reliable comparable frameworks.
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Hollander, J.B., Graves, E., Renski, H., Foster-Karim, C., Wiley, A., Das, D. (2016). A Close Look at Urban Immigrant Communities. In: Urban Social Listening. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-59491-4_4
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