Join us and some surprising people in a twitter discussion about surprising things in science. This is part of the AAAS’s new Virtual Media initiative. The AAAS is of course the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which publishes Science magazine, organizes the AAAS Annual Meeting (at which we have done an Improbable Research […]
A sarcastic tweet detection algorithm
Is it possible to build a sarcasm detector classification algorithm for Twitter tweets? This was the question facing Christine Liebrecht, Florian Kunneman and Antal van den Bosch at the Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in 2013. And the answer, in broad terms, was found to be ‘yes’ – in fact the […]
Earworms meet Big Data (on Twitter)
Back in 2008, Dr. Lassi A. Liikkanen [pictured] of the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT), University of Helsinki, Finland performed a formal scientific study to investigate INvoluntary Musical Imagery (INMI), a phenomenon more commonly known as an Earworm. Now Dr Liikkanen, along with Kelly Jakubowski and Jukka M. Toivanen have for the first time […]
The tweets of Dr. Kwak (Twitter Investigator)
The tweets of Dr. Kwak, who is an expert on Twitter [being the lead author of ‘What is Twitter, a social network or a news media?’ (cited 3,000+ times)] may be found here.
Effect of climate and seasonality on depressed mood among twitter users
Everything in the world has every effect, though on different people, is one possible interpretation of the meaning of this study: “Effect of climate and seasonality on depressed mood among twitter users,” Wei Yang, Lan Mu [pictured here], and Ye Shen, Applied Geography, Volume 63, September 2015, Pages 184–191. (Thanks to Tom Gill for bringing […]
Disruptive technology: Twitter and marital breakups, maybe
If you enjoy fun, conceivably-partly-true tales about disruptive technologies (as some people do — see, for example, Harvard Business School Professor Clay Christensen‘s tidy tales of disruption), then pay heed to the scholarly studies from Russell B. Clayton. Clayton, at the University of Missouri-Columbia, has a new study about Twitter and marital breakups: “The Third Wheel: The Impact of Twitter Use on […]
Counting curses (on Twitter, in English)
Words can be tallied. Words were. This study gives details: “Cursing in English on Twitter,” Wenbo Wang, Lu Chen, Krishnaprasad Thirunarayan [pictured here], and Amit P. Sheth, paper presented at CSCW’14 , February 15-19 2014, Baltimore, MD, USA. The authors, at Wright State University, explain: “In this paper, we examine the characteristics of cursing activity […]
Unclassifiable headline: “Twitter can help weight loss – study”
This week’s Unclassifiable Headline of the Week appears on GMA News: “Twitter can help weight loss – study“.
Ig followup: Bowlingual, iPhone, Twitter
A 2002 Ig Nobel Peace Prize-winning device is coming to the iPhone and to Twitter. Crunchgear has a perfect headline and a succinct report: Bowlingual: iPhone app translates what your dog barks, posts it to Twitter Do you remember the Bowlingual, the portable dog language translator that was released in Japan last year? The basic […]
Why do shrews twitter?
Shrews, along with scurrying, spend a great deal of time twittering. German scientists Bjorn M. Siemers, Grit Schauermann, HendrikTurni and Sophie von Marten tried to figure out why. For that they developed an artificial shrew: Shrews are very vocal animals. We tested behaviourally whether the high-pitched laryngeal ‘twittering’ calls of as-yet unclear function serve for […]