Nowadays, social networks play a crucial role in human everyday life and no longer purely associated with spare time spending. In fact, instant communication with friends and colleagues has become an essential component of our daily interaction giving a raise of multiple new social network types emergence. By participating in such networks, individuals generate a multitude of data points that describe their activities from different perspectives and, for example, can be further used for applications such as personalized recommendation or user profiling. However, the impact of the different social media networks on machine learning model performance has not been studied comprehensively yet. Particularly, the literature on modeling multi-modal data from multiple social networks is relatively sparse, which had inspired us to take a deeper dive into the topic in this preliminary study. Specifically, in this work, we will study the performance of different machine learning models when being learned on multi-modal data from different social networks. Our initial experimental results reveal that social network choice impacts the performance and the proper selection of data source is crucial.
User profile learning, such as mobility and demographic profile learning, is of great importance to various applications. Meanwhile, the rapid growth of multiple social platforms makes it possible to perform a comprehensive user profile learning from different views. However, the research efforts on user profile learning from multiple data sources are still relatively sparse, and there is no large-scale dataset released towards user profile learning. In our study, we contribute such benchmark and perform an initial study on user mobility and demographic profile learning. First, we constructed and released a large-scale multi-source multimodal dataset from three geographical areas. We then applied our proposed ensemble model on this dataset to learn user profile. Based on our experimental results, we observed that multiple data sources mutually complement each other and their appropriate fusion boosts the user profiling performance.
Wellness is a widely popular concept that is commonly applied to fitness and self-help products or services. Inference of personal wellness-related attributes, such as Body Mass Index (BMI) category or diseases tendency, as well as understanding of global dependencies between wellness attributes and users’ behavior is of crucial importance to various applications in personal and public wellness domains. At the same time, the emergence of social media platforms and wearable sensors makes it feasible to perform wellness profiling for users from multiple perspectives. However, research efforts on wellness profiling and integration of social media and sensor data are relatively sparse, and this study represents one of the first attempts in this direction. Specifically, we infer personal wellness attributes by utilizing our proposed multi-source multitask wellness profile learning framework — “WellMTL”, which can handle data incompleteness and perform wellness attributes inference from sensor and social media data simultaneously. To gain insights into the data at a global level, we also examine correlations between first-order data representations and personal wellness attributes. Our experimental results show that the integration of sensor data and multiple social media sources can substantially boost the performance of individual wellness profiling.
As technology continues to evolve and become more integrated into our daily lives—and as the internet and social media have opened up new ways for consumers to publicly voice their opinions on products—the user experience has become a critical factor in the success of any tech product. Companies are now focusing on providing seamless and intuitive experiences that cater to their users’ needs and preferences.
This growing emphasis on UX has led to new trends expected to become table stakes in the next five years. Below, 16 Forbes Technology Council members explore some of the upcoming UX trends that will be crucial for the success of tech products and why they will be so important.
The growth of wearable technology has resulted in an increase in the development of wearable apps. However, developing a wearable app can be a costly undertaking. A wrong turn in development can lead to a subpar user experience, potentially dooming your app before it even gets off the ground.
Here are the all-too-common mistakes that members of Forbes Technology Council urge steering clear of, so leaders can keep their projects on budget and headed for success.
For companies that develop and deliver technology products and services, the primary focus each day is on customers. Leaders spend much of their time talking about new solutions and enhancements to make their product or service the top choice in the marketplace. But if a tech company—or any company that leverages technology—is to truly succeed, the focus can’t just be outward. Tech leaders must also concentrate on internal initiatives to improve productivity, efficiency, costs and the work experience of their team members.
From better leveraging Agile principles to adding new time-saving tools to bringing some fun and creativity back to the workplace, the members of Forbes Technology Council are never short on ideas for improving their tech processes. Below, 13 of them discuss the internal tech initiatives they’ll be introducing or focusing on in 2023, and why they’re important.