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Saturday, April 25 • 11:40am - 12:20pm
Measuring Well-Being Using Social Media

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Social media such as Twitter and Facebook provide a rich, if imperfect portal onto people's lives. We analyze tens of millions of Facebook posts and billions of tweets to study variation in language use with age, gender, personality, and mental and physical well-being. Word clouds visually illustrate the big five personality traits (e.g., "What is it like to be neurotic?"), while correlations between language use and county level health data suggest connections between health and happiness, including potential psychological causes of heart disease. Similar analyses are useful in many fields.


Lyle Ungar

University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Lyle Ungar is a Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a B.S. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from MIT. Dr. Ungar directed Penn's Executive Masters of Technology Management (EMTM) Program for a decade, and served as Associate... Read More →

Saturday April 25, 2015 11:40am - 12:20pm

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