Tweetcast to predict vote in upcoming US Presidential elections

Posted on:21 Oct 2016 18:05:01

Tweetcast to predict vote in upcoming US Presidential elections
21 October 2016 Current Affairs: An online tool, TweetCast, can predict whether citizens will vote for Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton in the upcoming US Presidential elections has been developed. The tool was developed by researchers of Northwestern University in the US.

TweetCast uses a machine-learning algorithm to examine words, hashtags, tagged usernames and mentioned websites to uncover which terms are most predictive of voting preference.

TweetCast : The tool was designed by Larry Birnbaum, a professor of computer science in Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and his students. It can also predict which party will dominate a particular state in the November 8 elections.

As per the algorithm, tweet words "lying," "liberal," and "illegal" indicates a vote for Republican candidate Trump. On the other hand, using the words "single," "humanity," and "rights", predicts a vote for Democratic rival Clinton.

The algorithm was trained on Twitter users who have publicly declared support for one of the two candidates. Researchers said that 'TweetCast' has a prediction accuracy of over 80 per cent.

 


Subscribe to Current Affairs

Enter your email to get daily current affairs

Current Affairs July 2017

22 JULY
NEWS
21 JULY
NEWS
20 JULY
NEWS
19 JULY
NEWS

Current Affairs June 2017

30 JUNE
NEWS
29 JUNE
NEWS
28 JUNE
NEWS
27 JUNE
NEWS

Current Affairs May 2017

31 MAY
NEWS
30 MAY
NEWS
29 MAY
NEWS
27 MAY
NEWS