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Analyses of Emotions Expressed in Social Media and Forums During the COVID - 19 Pandemic

Megan Stubbs - Richardson (PI), Sujan Anreddy (Co - PI), Ben Porter (Co - PI), Arthur Cosby (Mentor), and Cindy Bethel (Mentor)

The purpose of the COVID-19 RAPID project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) is to collect social media and forum data from 10-15 platforms to examine two research areas: 1) negative emotions and social, economic, and health disparities, and 2) an analysis of scam types surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary goal of the project is to build an online database called the COVID-19 Online Prevalence of Emotions in Institutions Database (COPE-ID) where we will house all of this data and make it available to the research community. For more information, please see the NSF Public Abstract here:

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A sixth month overview of the geolocated Twittersphere surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic

Megan Stubbs-Richardson and Viswadeep Lebakula – July 29, 2020

Individuals across the globe have taken to social media to cope and express concerns or dismay over the coronavirus pandemic. The coronavirus has caused detrimental, life-threatening circumstances, and deaths globally. It has disrupted lives, the economy, the government, family institutions and the like from the start of the pandemic in January and its detrimental consequences continue into the present. But, have you ever wondered… what exactly are the most pressing topics surrounding this pandemic? And, how are they discussed in social media

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