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The Health Social Analytics website visualizes data from Twitter, news stories, and online health forums.


University of California, Riverside (UCR) researchers have launched Health Social Analytics, a website that visualizes data about health-related disorders, drugs, and organizations from Twitter, news stories, and online health forums.

"This is a tool that brings the power of social and news big data to your fingertips," says UCR professor Vagelis Hristidis.

The site is a health-specific outgrowth of a similar site, Social Predictor, which focuses only on Twitter and news, but has a wider set of topics, including celebrities, food, and real estate.

The Health Social Analytics site categorizes keywords as either disorders, drugs, or organizations. After a keyword is selected, the page refreshes and displays a line graph in the center. The site also has a Google map with color-coded numbers showing high concentrations of tweets about the keyword in different parts of the world. Finally, the site is equipped with an interactive graph that resembles a spiderweb with the selected keyword in the center and other words commonly associated with it in tweets.

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