Exploring Stylistic Variation with Age and Income on Twitter

Flekova, Lucie, Lyle Ungar, and Daniel Preoţiuc-Pietro. Exploring Stylistic Variation with Age and Income on Twitter. ACL., 2016.


Writing style allows NLP tools to adjust to the traits of an author. In this paper, we explore the relation between stylistic and syntactic features and authors’ age and income. We confirm our hypothesis that for numerous feature types writing style is predictive of income even beyond age. We analyze the predictive power of writing style features in a regression task on two data sets of around 5,000 Twitter users each. Additionally, we use our validated features to study daily variations in writing style of users from distinct income groups. Temporal stylistic patterns not only provide novel psychological insight into user behavior, but are useful for future research and applications in social media.

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