Cross-Textual Analysis of COVID-19 Tweets: On Themes and Trends Over Time

Joseph Marvin Imperial, Angelica De La Cruz, Emmanuel Malaay, Rachel Edita Roxas

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Abstract

In the context of worldwide events such as natural calamities and pandemics, understanding the sentiments of the people, in general, can pave way for intervention initiatives in public health, service, and security. Likewise, Twitter provides a platform where people can publicly share their thoughts and sentiments in the form of tweets. In this paper, we realize the importance of public data found on Twitter and focus on understanding how Filipinos react as the timeline of events occur in the Philippines during the COVID-19 pandemic. We perform analyses in two main aspects: identification of prominent themes and its trend of usage over time. Results show that Filipinos (a) express positive emotions such as love, hope, and longing, (b) raise concerns over health and testing, and (c) share their experience as main themes of discussion on Twitter. Cross-referencing our results with previous work dealing with thematic analysis on other natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons shows that the positive and hopeful mindset is consistent amongst Filipinos.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 6th International Congress on Information and Communication Technology, ICICT 2021
EditorsXin-She Yang, Simon Sherratt, Nilanjan Dey, Amit Joshi
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages813-821
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9789811623790
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2022
Event6th International Congress on Information and Communication Technology, ICICT 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 25 Feb 202126 Feb 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
Volume236
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389

Conference

Conference6th International Congress on Information and Communication Technology, ICICT 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period25/02/2126/02/21

Keywords

  • Covid
  • Philippines
  • Themes
  • Time
  • Tweets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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