Thursday, March 24, 2016

How the "Digital Exhaust" of Social Media Data can Predict Gun Violence
"Unveiled at the SXSW technology festival, a group of data scientists and activists have demonstrated for the first time a new way to predict and study gun violence using social media. Scraping Tweets, Google searches, obituaries and local news, they’ve created a livesteam of gun-related discussion and a map of violence and geo-tagged posts. By reading this 'digital exhaust' of data they hope to create 'digital phenotypes' and understand how people are behaving around guns, when and why."

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