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  • Twitter beats national polls for election predictions, prof claims

    CNET News - 09/22/2016

    Election watchers may be glued to every new national poll regarding this year’s presidential election, but one researcher believes that analyzing Twitter may be a more accurate way to predict the results.

    Nick Beauchamp, an assistant professor of political science at Northeastern University, said in a paper published last week in the American Journal of Political Science, that his application of machine learning to more than 100 million tweets during the 2012 election cycle closely mirrors the results of state-level political polling. That’s significant because state-level polling is considered more accurate than national polls.

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