Huang, Xiaolei (University of Colorado Boulder) | Smith, Michael C. (George Washington University) | Paul, Michael J. (University of Colorado Boulder) | Ryzhkov, Dmytro (University of Colorado Boulder) | Quinn, Sandra C. (University of Maryland, College Park) | Broniatowski, David A. (George Washington University) | Dredze, Mark (Johns Hopkins University)
Traditional data on influenza vaccination has several limitations: high cost, limited coverage of underrepresented groups, and low sensitivity to emerging public health issues. Social media, such as Twitter, provide an alternative way to understand a population’s vaccination-related opinions and behaviors. In this study, we build and employ several natural language classifiers to examine and analyze behavioral patterns regarding influenza vaccination in Twitter across three dimensions: temporality (by week and month), geography (by US region), and demography (by gender). Our best results are highly correlated official government data, with a correlation over 0.90, providing validation of our approach. We then suggest a number of directions for future work.
"Teen Mom" fans will finally learn if Chelsea DeBoer (née Houska) is having a little boy or girl! The MTV star informed her Twitter followers over the weekend that she and husband Cole DeBoer are quickly approaching the date for their highly anticipated gender reveal. After hinting to her followers she have may spent the day taking photos Sunday, Chelsea, 25, shared a gender announcement was coming "VERY soon." We've been crazy busy!" Chelsea responded to one fan's complaint that she and Cole have yet to reveal the baby's sex. "We are excited to announce too," she added with a smile.
The National Institutes of Health is spending over $400,000 studying whether gender norms of masculinity and femininity lead LGBTQ individuals to drink too much. Trying to find the "meanings of intoxication" of sexual and gender minorities is the central question of a study that was awarded in late July. The project will "examine the extent to which gendered norms shape risky drinking practices for sexual and gender minority (SGM) young adults," according to the grant for the study. The grant states that alcohol is an "integral component of bars and clubs."