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MU Researchers Develop More Accurate Twitter Analysis Tools

Software program helps decipher ‘trends’ on the social media site

Aug. 27, 2014

“Trending” topics on the social media platform Twitter show the quantity of tweets associated with a specific event. However, trends only show the highest volume keywords and hashtags, and may not give qualitative information about the tweets themselves. Now, using data associated with the Super Bowl and World Series, researchers at the University of Missouri have developed and validated a software program that analyzes event-based tweets and measures the context of tweets rather than just the quantity. The program will help Twitter analysts gain better insight into human behavior associated with trends and events.  Full Story
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Loftin Names Ward Vice Chancellor for Operations and Chief Operating Officer at MU

Gary Ward has been serving as interim vice chancellor since Jan. 1

Aug. 26, 2014

University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced today that Gary Ward has been named vice chancellor for operations and chief operating officer at MU. Ward had been serving in the position on an interim basis since Jan. 1, following the retirement of Jacquelyn Jones. The appointment is effective Sept. 1, 2014.  Full Story
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