AAAI Publications, Twelfth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media

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"Bacon Bacon Bacon": Food-Related Tweets and Sentiment in Metro Detroit
V. G. Vinod Vydiswaran, Daniel M. Romero, Xinyan Zhao, Deahan Yu, Iris Gomez-Lopez, Jin Xiu Lu, Bradley Iott, Ana Baylin, Philippa Clarke, Veronica Berrocal, Robert Goodspeed, Tiffany Veinot

Last modified: 2018-06-15


Initiatives to reduce neighborhood-based health disparities require access to meaningful, timely, and local information regarding health behavior and its determinants. In this paper, we examine the validity of Twitter as a source of information for analysis of dietary patterns and attitudes. We analyze the "healthiness" quotient of food-related tweets and sentiment regarding those tweets from metropolitan Detroit. Our findings demonstrate feasibility of using Twitter to understand neighborhood characteristics regarding food attitudes and potential use in studying neighborhood-based health disparities.


Twitter analysis; tweet healthiness and sentiment analysis; neighborhood-based health disparity

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