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How Social Media Will Change Public Health

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1 Author(s)
Dredze, M. ; Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD, USA

Recent work in machine learning and natural language processing has studied the health content of tweets and demonstrated the potential for extracting useful public health information from their aggregation. This article examines the types of health topics discussed on Twitter, and how tweets can both augment existing public health capabilities and enable new ones. The author also discusses key challenges that researchers must address to deliver high-quality tools to the public health community.

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Intelligent Systems, IEEE  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

July-Aug. 2012

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