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Support towards emergency event processing via fine-grained analysis on users' expressions

Qingqing Zhou (Department of Network and New Media, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China) (ISTIC–Clarivate Analytics Joint Laboratory for Scientometric, Beijing, China)

Aslib Journal of Information Management

ISSN: 2050-3806

Article publication date: 5 January 2023

Issue publication date: 21 March 2024




With the rapid development of social media, the occurrence and evolution of emergency events are often accompanied by massive users' expressions. The fine-grained analysis on users' expressions can provide accurate and reliable information for event processing. Hence, 2,003,814 expressions on a major malignant emergency event were mined from multiple dimensions in this paper.


This paper conducted finer-grained analysis on users' online expressions in an emergency event. Specifically, the authors firstly selected a major emergency event as the research object and collected the event-related user expressions that lasted nearly two years to describe the dynamic evolution trend of the event. Then, users' expression preferences were identified by detecting anomic expressions, classifying sentiment tendencies and extracting topics in expressions. Finally, the authors measured the explicit and implicit impacts of different expression preferences and obtained relations between the differential expression preferences.


Experimental results showed that users have both short- and long-term attention to emergency events. Their enthusiasm for discussing the event will be quickly dispelled and easily aroused. Meanwhile, most users prefer to make rational and normative expressions of events, and the expression topics are diversified. In addition, compared with anomic negative expressions, anomic expressions in positive sentiments are more common. In conclusion, the integration of multi-dimensional analysis results of users' expression preferences (including discussion heat, preference impacts and preference relations) is an effective means to support emergency event processing.


To the best of the authors' knowledge, it is the first research to conduct in-depth and fine-grained analysis of user expression in emergencies, so as to get in-detail and multi-dimensional characteristics of users' online expressions for supporting event processing.



This work is supported by the National Social Science Fund Project (No. 19CTQ031).


Zhou, Q. (2024), "Support towards emergency event processing via fine-grained analysis on users' expressions", Aslib Journal of Information Management, Vol. 76 No. 2, pp. 212-232.



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