Forecasting Consumer Spending from Purchase Intentions Expressed on Social Media

Viktor Pekar, Jane Binner

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Consumer spending is a vital macroeconomic indicator. In this paper we present
a novel method for predicting future consumer spending from social media data. In contrast to previous work that largely relied on sentiment analysis, the proposed method models consumer spending from purchase intentions found on social media. Our experiments with time series analysis models and machine-learning regression models reveal utility of this data for making short-term forecasts of consumer spending: for three- and seven-day horizons, prediction variables derived from social media help to improve forecast accuracy by 11% to 18% for all the three models, in comparison to models that used only autoregressive predictors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th Workshop on Computational Approaches to Subjectivity, Sentiment and Social Media Analysis
Place of PublicationCopenhagen, Denmark
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2017

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