Posts tagged with ‘analysis’
Two Yahoo researchers analyzed the information credibility of Tweets by matching humans against machines. Their conclusion: the machines know what’s accurate and what’s bunk.
Via Ars Technica:
When it comes to credibility, the same decision tree achieved an accuracy of about 86 percent. Looking at the decision tree allowed the authors to make some inferences about what factors let the algorithm successfully identify credible tweets. It appears that those with the most invested in the service—in terms of past activity, followers, and friends—tend to convey more accurate information; “low credible news are mostly propagated by users who have not written many messages in the past,” according to the authors.
Unfortunately, still no consensus on how organizations should issue retractions when the news is happening fast and facts fall by the wayside.
Over the course of the Egypt crisis, it’s become clear that the Washington-centric cable talk show format is ill-equipped to handle a foreign revolution. The logical thing would have been to book experts on say, Egypt. Instead, shows like MSNBC’s “Meet the Press” and Fox’s “Hannity” often just rotated in their regular go-to guests, asking former politicians, political pundits, and at least one NASCAR driver to share their insights on the latest developments in the Middle East. Some of the answers were vague, some woefully uninformed, and others made no sense at all.
We’re often told that the Internet has destroyed people’s patience for long, well-thought-out arguments. After all, the ascendant discussions of our day are text messages, tweets, and status updates. The popularity of this endless fire hose of teensy utterances means we’ve lost our appetite for consuming—and creating—slower, reasoned contemplation. Right?
I’m not so sure. In fact, I think something much more complex and interesting is happening: The torrent of short-form thinking is actually a catalyst for more long-form meditation.
— Clive Thompson, Wired, How Tweets and Texts Nurture In-Depth Analysis.