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Twitter data reveals rhythms of people’s moods

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A pair of researchers, one from the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland the other the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway has found that it is possible to track mood trends in large groups of people by studying their Twitter posts. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, Eric Mayor and Lucas Bietti describe their analysis of large amounts of Twitter data from people tweeting in several densely populated counties in the U.S.

Prior studies have shown that people’s moods can in some ways be tied to their circadian rhythm, with factors such as sleepiness and hunger having a big impact on how they feel. In this new effort, the researchers wondered if…

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