Marchette, D. and Hohman, E. (2015). Using Twitter to Detect and Investigate Disease Outbreaks. (Abstract only.) Online Journal of Public Health Informatics. 7(1): e147.
The authors describe how they aggregated and filtered Twitter data to identify “events”—data with an unusual count that is then assessed by an analyst. They then used this method to analyze social media surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing, New Year’s festivities, and the Ebola outbreak.