Researchers at Indiana University and the University of Manchester have analyzed millions of Tweets and come up with an algorithm that figures out the mood of Twitter users. And along with it, predicts the ups and downs of the stock market with 87% accuracy. They’re working on refining the algorithm so it can also predict elections, select winning lottery numbers, and predict whether people who get fired as CEO for sexual harassment or as a news commentator for making racist remarks will not only land on their feet but make more money than ever. Okay, so we don’t need an algorithm to figure out the last one.
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