Social Media Data as Research Tool

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Every cellphone call and post on social media leaves a trail of digital data. Much has been written about the use of such data for political and commercial gain, but social science researchers like Lee Fiorio and Connor Gilroy mine the data for a loftier reason: to understand our world.

Fiorio and Gilroy, graduate students and fellows at the UW’s Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE), have spent the past few years tackling big societal questions. Fiorio, a doctoral student in geography, focuses on migration across the US and the globe; Gilroy, a doctoral student in sociology, looks at our willingness to share information...

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