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Computer Program Detects Depression in Bloggers

July 1, 2010

Watch out people, your Facebook updates and Tweets could soon be scanalysed for signs of mental illness. A computer on a basement could know you’re depressed before you can get to your therapist#s office:

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University in Israel developed a computer program that they think can detect depression among bloggers. To test their hypothesis, they scanned 300,000 English-language blogs and had clinical psychologists read the subjects that the computer indicated were depressed. The psychologists agreed with the computer 78% of the time

http://www.physorg.com/news196441969.html

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