A social media mining and analysis approach for supporting cyber youth work

W. M. Wang, Benny C.F. Cheung, Zeno C.S. Leung, K. H. Chan, Eric W.K. See-To

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Cyber youth work is a pioneering and proactive approach used by non-government organizations to address the changing needs of the youth groups, particularly those at-risk and "hidden" young people. This paper describes the development process of a social media mining and analysis method, which is built to facilitate services for cyber youth work. The method incorporates an iterative method for collecting, selecting and extracting domain keywords in selected social media. A hybrid approach which combines heuristic rules and n-gram analysis for bilingual word segmentation has been developed. Then, social network analysis is used to analyze the extracted results. A pilot study has been done by using drug abuse as the study topic. It demonstrated high potential of the method to enhance cyber youth work. The weights deduced by the method have found to have a positive correlation with the benchmarked scores. It helps to understand the characteristic of the network, identify target clients, and provide data support for marking decisions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Knowledge and Systems Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Cyber youth work
  • Drug abuse
  • Knowledge mining
  • Social media
  • Social network analysis


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