Scientists Are Using Twitter Data To Track Depression

December 10, 2014 9:38 PM

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Computer scientists at Johns Hopkins have built an algorithm that uses Twitter to gather information about mental illness trends.

Researchers combed 8 billion public tweets for users who shared their diagnoses of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and seasonal affective disorder. They further looked for commonly used words among these populations in an effort to identify language cues that might be re...

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