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

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 . . . 

A Spatial Analysis of Rape Culture News Events on Twitter

Extensive research has documented evidence of a rape culture across mediums and contexts. This study contributes to this body of research by examining how contextual aspects of place and mainstream . . .

It’s a Global #MeToo: A Cross-National Comparison of Public Figures Exposed in the Movement

The MeToo movement, launched by Tarana Burke, has made a global impact reaching more than 85 nations (Stone & Vogelstein, 2019). The global reach of #MeToo presents an emerging opportunity . . .

Searching for Safety: Violent Crime Control and Strain Reduction in the Era of Google

The role of the Internet and its effect on crime trends is largely unknown. Researchers have documented how the Internet presents opportunities for cybercrime, with little research considering . . . 

The Silence Breakers: Digital Feminist Activism and Narratives of Gender-Based Violence in the #MeToo Movement

The spread of the #MeToo movement since October 2017 has been accompanied by a growing body of research investigating its implications for . . . 

Not Your Typical Social Media Influencer: Exploring the Who, What, and Where of Islamic State Online Propaganda

In this paper, we examine the online distribution of 12 Islamic State magazines across 27 unique social media, dark web, blogs, and message boards using Babel Street software. In doing so, we ask . . . 

Highway Safety Data Support

This project provides analytic support for the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety under the Department of Public Safety. This project compiles and analyzes crash, motor vehicle fatality, and . . . 

Assessment of Social Media Usage During Severe Weather Events and the Development of a Twitter-Based Model for Improved Communication of Storm-Related Information

Twitter messages were found to be an important source of communication during weather-related emergencies. Despite warnings to take shelter or evacuate from a potential disaster site, many people . . . 

What Big Data Tells Us About the Growth of a Contemporary Pet Culture: Part 1, the Past

Although pet-keeping and owning is a universal and historical phenomenon, the nature of pet-keeping is affected by social, economic, and cultural processes of human culture. The current study provides a . . . 

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