Scientists warn against Facebook, Twitter data

November 29, 2014 11:29 AM

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Two scientists writing in the Nov. 27 issue of Science are cautioning that social scientists using data from social media like Twitter and Facebook are frequently getting biased results.

A growing number of academic researchers are mining social media data to learn about both online and offline human behaviour. In recent years, studies have claimed the ability to predict everything from summer blockbusters to fluctuations in the stock market.

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