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The Twitter of Babel: Mapping World Languages through Microblogging Platforms

  • Delia Mocanu,

    Affiliation: Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Socio-technical Systems, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Andrea Baronchelli,

    Affiliation: Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Socio-technical Systems, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Nicola Perra,

    Affiliation: Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Socio-technical Systems, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Bruno Gonçalves,

    Affiliation: Aix Marseille Université, CNRS, CPT, UMR 7332, Marseille, France

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  • Qian Zhang,

    Affiliation: Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Socio-technical Systems, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Alessandro Vespignani mail

    alexves@gmail.com

    Affiliations: Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Socio-technical Systems, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation, Turin, Italy

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  • Published: April 18, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0061981

About the Authors

Delia Mocanu, Andrea Baronchelli, Nicola Perra, Qian Zhang, Alessandro Vespignani
Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Socio-technical Systems, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Bruno Gonçalves
Aix Marseille Université, CNRS, CPT, UMR 7332, Marseille, France
Alessandro Vespignani
Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
Alessandro Vespignani
Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation, Turin, Italy

Corresponding Author

Email: alexves@gmail.com

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: DM AB NP BG AV. Performed the experiments: DM. Analyzed the data: DM AB NP BG AV. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: DM AB NP BG QZ AV. Wrote the paper: DM AB NP BG AV.