Algorithm has the word on US election

A University of Queensland computer scientist who harvests social media to accurately predict election results says he can confidently call next week’s United States election. “It’s still Hillary in front, but it’s become much tighter in the past few days,” said Professor Xue Li this morning (Friday, 4 November). Professor Li predicted the 2013 Australian federal election and the 2015 Queensland election with 95 per cent accuracy. He is a big data expert in the UQ School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, and his election prediction is based on an online search and analysis tool that is updated daily with the previous 24 hours’ social media data. The online tool is analysing the US election live. “There are a lot of very angry Americans,” Professor Li said. “That anger…


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