Reading through someone’s Twitter feed can quickly tell you what they ate for lunch and what they thought of last night’s Master Chef, but one study thinks it can also tell you if they are depressed.
Research is currently underway at Microsoft Research Redmond into how an automated system could be used to scan Twitter feeds for signs of depression.
Eric Horvitz, co-director of the group, told TIMEthat he thinks the technology is possible, and they’re working to make it happen.
“We wondered if we could actually build measures that might be able to detect if someone is severely depressed, just in publicly posted media. What are people telling the world in public spaces?” asks Horvitz. “You might imagine tools that could make people aware of a swing in mood, even before they can feel it themselves.”
So far, Horvitz and his team have developed a model that can scan tweets and predict depression in Twitter users with a claimed 70 per cent accuracy. They’re still working on increasing theRead More »from Twitter feed can help predict depression, researchers find