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Academics Devise Surveillance System To Identify E-Cigarette SupportersI

E-cigarette advocates could find themselves being identified and watched via Twitter if a model from two academics at the University of Kentucky is implemented.

“A number of manufacturers, advocates and e-cig users are actively promoting e-cigs on Twitter,” the study’s declare ominously. To monitor this advocacy activity, the authors claim to have developed a highly accurate predictive model that can identify who they call e-cig “proponents” on Twitter.

“We used a set of manually curated key phrases to analyze e-cig proponent tweets from a corpus of over one million e-cig tweets along well known e-cig themes and compared the results with those generated by regular tweeters,” said the study’s abstract, published March 11.

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