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Twitter Data Used To Calculate Happiness Index
2013-05-03 05:19:49

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many researchers have tried to read Twitter´s tea leaves for insight into a variety of things, including the stock market. Now a team from the University of Vermont is using statistics culled from the popular social networking site to gauge society´s ℠happiness index´ on a day-to-day basis. Using key words to identify the general mood of Tweeters, the team has developed a tool that can calculate the average mood...

2009-07-27 01:13:52

U.S. researchers monitoring blogs found Election Day 2008 was the happiest day in four years and the day Michael Jackson died was one of the unhappiest. Peter Dodds and Chris Danforth, a mathematician and computer scientist working in the Advanced Computing Center at the University of Vermont, said a Web site can mine through some 2.3 million blogs, looking for sentences beginning with I feel or I am feeling. We gathered nearly 10 million sentences from their site, Dodds said in a statement....

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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.