What does Twitter tell us about global happiness?

  • January 24, 2011
What does Twitter tell us about global happiness?

Gates scholar describes his sentiment analysis on tweets.

What can looking at tweets tell us about the happiness of the world?

This and many other fascinating questions will be answered at this term’s Gates Scholars Internal Symposium. Alexander Davies [2010] will talk about viewing happiness in the world through the prism of Twitter. This is linked to his sentiment analysis work on tweets which he is using to construct interactive visualisations. Alexander is doing a PhD in Engineering, funded by a Gates scholarship.

He is one of four Gates scholars who will be giving presentations tomorrow evening on their research. The other three speakers are:

Anija [Rachel] Dokter [2010] who will talk about homoeroticism and music-making in an anonymous Arabic source of travel graffiti

Felix Waldmann [2010] who will discuss his unusual finding of an unpublished letter by the philosopher John Locke

Andrew Gruen [2008] who will speak about his research into the development of citizen journalism.

The symposium takes place on 25 January at 18:00 in the Gates Scholars Common Room and is open to all Gates scholars.

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