Regional Accents Studied Through Twitter

Turns out Twitter is good for something! (har, har, we keed)  Jacob Eisenstein, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon, used the communication service to determine “the location of a tweeter in the continental United States with a median error of about 300 miles.”  Or, in layman’s terms, he was able to pinpoint where a Twitter user was from based on their dialect.

To do so, Eisenstein created a statistical model examining 380,000 tweets from March of last year to track the prevalence of regional accents.  All of which is to say, that people communicate of Twitter similar to how they communicate in real life.  D’uh, yo.  [via yahoo]

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