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10 years later, ‘inconsequential’ tweets a boon for researchers

10 years later, ‘inconsequential’ tweets a boon for researchers

July 15, 2016

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey chose the name because “twitter” described “a short inconsequential burst of information.” And yet, the social network is anything but inconsequential in terms of data science research and its applications. Twitter, which went public on this date in 2006, is fertile ground for Rochester researchers interested in tracking everything from disease outbreaks to the dynamics of political campaigns and consumer preferences.

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Can a computer tell if you’re drinking while tweeting?

Can a computer tell if you’re drinking while tweeting?

March 21, 2016

Computer science graduate student Nabil Hossain and his collaborators have taught computers to analyze tweets about drinking to determine if people were actually drinking at the time they were tweeting and if they were tweeting from home or some other location.

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Dancing with computers

Dancing with computers

November 23, 2015

What if relating to computers were more like the way we communicate with other people? That’s a vision that scientists in the field of human-computer interaction, or HCI, are working to realize.

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Data mining Instagram feeds can point to teenage drinking patterns

Data mining Instagram feeds can point to teenage drinking patterns

October 29, 2015

By extracting information from Instagram images and hashtags, computer science researchers have shown they can expose patterns of underage drinking more cheaply and faster than conventional surveys.

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Robin and Tim Wentworth make $3 million commitment to endow directorship of Institute for Data Science

Robin and Tim Wentworth make $3 million commitment to endow directorship of Institute for Data Science

February 5, 2015

“We view being part of the formative stages of the Institute for Data Science as a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Tim Wentworth, a member of the University’s Board of Trustees since 2013.

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Crowdsourcing can deliver real time support for docs

Crowdsourcing can deliver real time support for docs

April 30, 2014

Results of a pilot project show that physicians can successfully harness the power of crowdsourcing to help diagnose and treat patients in real time using a mobile app.

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Tracking Tweets to Enhance Food Safety

Tracking Tweets to Enhance Food Safety

August 8, 2013

The system combines machine-learning and crowdsourcing techniques to analyze millions of tweets to find people reporting food poisoning symptoms following a restaurant visit.

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What’s Big Data Got to Do with It?

What’s Big Data Got to Do with It?

September 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

A lot, as it happens. Henry Kautz, chair of the computer science department, and his colleagues have shown that Twitter messages can be harnessed to predict the spread of infectious diseases, for example.

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