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11/08/2012

VU Mathematicians develop news prediction system for Twitter

It allows journalists to find newsworthy stories before they are reported by other media.

VU researchers from the Mathematics department have recently developed a news prediction system for Twitter called RTreporter. The system is now in use by nu.nl, the most visited news site in The Netherlands (5,2 million unique visitors per month).

RTreporter is a dynamic dashboard for automated news detection. It allows journalists to find newsworthy stories before they are reported by other media. By analyzing, organizing and clustering thousands of Twitter messages per second, RTreporter is perfect for finding topics which strongly increase in virality in a very short time.

The project was carried out by a company called CCinq and a project team from VU University Amsterdam. Together they have been working on an algorithm that allows for automated news detection. The project's team members were Sandjai Bhulai (project leader), Ger Koole, Peter Kampstra, and Lidewij Kooiman (research assistant).

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