How can machine learning algorithms find drunk Twitter users?

Using Twitter to follow trends is nothing new; the social media platform is known for actively tracking popular topics and highlighting them on its website. But a new algorithm may be able to detect a different type of pattern among its users: drinking habits.Twitter keeps track of what its users post, when they post, and where they post from, and with that data a team of University of Rochester researchers was able to develop a method for evaluating how and where Twitter users drink alcohol.“Analysis of Twitter has become a widespread approach for geo-spatial studies of human behavior, such as alcohol consumption and exercise, and human latent states, such as sickness and depression,” the researchers wrote in a summary of their study.“However, nearly all prior work … does not attempt…

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