MIT Technology Review recently highlighted a new research program at Stanford University that shows how weather can affect mood. They are using Twitter to analyze the relationship. The researchers began with a database of tweets geotagged to one of 32 major urban areas in the US, such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. They then mined the tweets for indications of mood, filtering out tweets about national or international events, and then searched for correlations with the weather. The researchers say some moods are clearly correlated with certain types of or changes in weather. For instance, temperature drops generally make people happier, while higher temperatures make people angrier. Drastic temperature changes make people uncomfortable and snow is correlated with negative moods.
Twitter Shows How Weather Affects Mood
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About the Author: Ellyssa
Ellyssa Valenti Kroski is the Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 60 books including Law Librarianship in the Digital Age for which she won the AALL's 2014 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. Her ten-book technology series, The Tech Set won the ALA's Best Book in Library Literature Award in 2011. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Pratt Institute, and an international conference speaker.
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