Saturday, August 29, 2015

Using Twitter Data to Study Men and Women's Drinking Habits


My analysis of half a million drunk tweets, and more than two million tweets about alcohol, was just published by Quartz; you can read it here (and the coverage by Slate here, if you speak French).

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  1. Hi Emma, big fan. I'm working on my epidemiology PhD at UNC, with a background in computer science. If you field comment-questions, can I ask:

    I've seen twitter data used more and more for some interesting effect - live tracking and response of food poisonings in Chicago, I believe, was one of the coolest. What do we know about twitter's demographics compared to, say, the US population, and (therefore) how generalizatable are these results? I know I've read twitter is a more black-friendly community than some social networks, for instance... curious who it is we're really talking about in these social media based and twitter specific studies.

    Best wishes!

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    1. Hi Mike! Twitter data is, unsurprisingly, demographically skewed. Pew provides some good basic stats: http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/01/09/demographics-of-key-social-networking-platforms-2/ Clearly, this doesn't make the data useless, but it does mean you should be mindful about how much your conclusions generalize.

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