Digital and Computational Demography

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Estimating Fertility Indicators Using Facebook Data

Emilio Zagheni, Francesco Rampazzo; in Collaboration with Francesco Billari (Bocconi University, Milan, Italy), Maria Rita Testa (Austrian Academy of Sciences and Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria), Ingmar Weber (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Doha, Qatar)

In many developing countries, timely and accurate information about birth rates and other fertility indicators is still lacking. This project aims at filling the gaps in global estimates of fertility indicators using aggregate and anonymous data from Facebook’s Advertising Platform.   Detailed Description

Research Keywords:

Data and Surveys, Fertility Development

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Rampazzo, F.; Zagheni, E.; Weber, I.; Testa, M.R.; Billari, F. C.:
In: Proceedings of the Twelfth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2018): 25-28 June 2018, Stanford, California, 672–675. Palo Alto, CA: AAAI Press. (2018)
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