August 13, 2013
A New Study Says that Twitter Can Predict US Elections

Political consultants, university sociologists, and amateur statisticians are now one step closer to using data from Twitter like they use polling data.
An Indiana University study has pulled, from the noise and muck of the stream, a statistically significant relationship between Twitter data and US election results.
Specifically, the study found a correlation between the number of times a candidate for the House of Representatives was mentioned on Twitter in the months before an election and his or her performance in that election. The more a candidate is mentioned on Twitter, the better.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

A New Study Says that Twitter Can Predict US Elections

Political consultants, university sociologists, and amateur statisticians are now one step closer to using data from Twitter like they use polling data.

An Indiana University study has pulled, from the noise and muck of the stream, a statistically significant relationship between Twitter data and US election results.

Specifically, the study found a correlation between the number of times a candidate for the House of Representatives was mentioned on Twitter in the months before an election and his or her performance in that election. The more a candidate is mentioned on Twitter, the better.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

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