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Missouri S&T Researchers Analyze Twitter For National Mood On Coronavirus

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Missouri S&T Researchers Analyze Twitter For National Mood On Coronavirus
Caption: Researchers at Missouri S&T are mining Twitter for data on the national mood about coronavirus. Nat Thomas | St. Louis Public Radio. Article by Jonathan Ahl. 

ROLLA — Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are analyzing millions of tweets to track the nation’s mood and behavior during the coronavirus outbreak.

And they say the data could help devise strategies to deal with this pandemic and others.

Computer science professor Sanjay Madria and Ph.D. student Yasin Kabir created a program that started searching Twitter in early March for trending topics, keywords, phrases and other elements in tweets that give some insight to the public sentiment about coronavirus.

“We can see how people are reacting to news and officials’ briefings about COVID-19, when they are more comfortable and when they are more panicked,” Kabir said. “If we can understand that, we can help officials know how to share their news in a way that avoids panic.” […]

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