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Using vaderSentiment to Intuitively Predict the Sentiment of Social Media Posts

Taylor Ray and Sujan Anreddy – January 14, 2021

During any global event, the medium through which individuals are getting updated news and information about that event is incredibly important—especially in a situation like the current COVID-19 pandemic, where failure to obtain information that is accurate and reliable can have serious effects on one’s overall health and potentially even their life.

In our digitally-driven world, social media plays a tremendous role as a media outlet for younger and older groups alike. 

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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

Has the power of the Internet been a factor in crime reduction?

Megan Stubbs-Richardson – Feb. 1, 2019

One of the most challenging questions for criminologists is explaining how and why crime rates have plummeted. While there are many factors that explain drops in crime, a recent article published in Crime Science introduces a new question. Has the power of the Internet been a factor? Authors have focused on the impact of perhaps the most influential platform online, the Google Search Engine.

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