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Using twitter to predict heart disease

Lyle Ungar | TEDxPenn

Can Twitter predict heart disease? Day in and day out, we use social media, making it the center of our social lives, work lives, and private lives. Lyle Ungar reveals how our behavior on social media actually reflects aspects about our health and happiness.

Lyle Ungar is a professor of Computer and Information Science and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and has analyzed 148 million tweets from more than 1,300 counties that represent 88 percent of the U.S. population. His published research has been focused around the area of text mining. He has published over 200 articles and holds eleven patents. His current research deals with statistical natural language processing, spectral methods, and the use of social media to understand the psychology of individuals and communities.