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      Is Working From Home The New Norm? An Observational Study Based on a Large Geo-tagged COVID-19 Twitter Dataset

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          As the COVID-19 pandemic swept over the world, people discussed facts, expressed opinions, and shared sentiments on social media. Since the reaction to COVID-19 in different locations may be tied to local cases, government regulations, healthcare resources and socioeconomic factors, we curated a large geo-tagged Twitter dataset and performed exploratory analysis by location. Specifically, we collected 650,563 unique geo-tagged tweets across the United States (50 states and Washington, D.C.) covering the date range from January 25 to May 10, 2020. Tweet locations enabled us to conduct region-specific studies such as tweeting volumes and sentiment, sometimes in response to local regulations and reported COVID-19 cases. During this period, many people started working from home. The gap between workdays and weekends in hourly tweet volumes inspired us to propose algorithms to estimate work engagement during the COVID-19 crisis. This paper also summarizes themes and topics of tweets in our dataset using both social media exclusive tools (i.e., #hashtags, @mentions) and the latent Dirichlet allocation model. We welcome requests for data sharing and conversations for more insights. Dataset link: http://covid19research.site/geo-tagged_twitter_datasets/

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          15 June 2020
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          2006.08581

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