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Oh, brother where start thou?

This reminds me of that Seinfeld bit about the guys who dedicated themselves to developing the seedless watermelon.

A group of Korean researchers said Friday they have developed technology to filter rumors from postings on social networking sites (SNS).

Researchers at the Graduate School of Culture Technology at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) analyzed more than 100 cases of rumors and non-rumors spread on Twitter in the U.S. between 2006 and 2009, according to KAIST.

“This research integrates statistics and mathematics with theories from sociology and psychology. We drew characters of rumors by analyzing an abundance of data,” Cha Mee-young, an assistant professor at KAIST who led the team, said.

“It is still difficult to classify rumors at the very early stage of their dissemination. But it is possible to do so, using big data, once some time has passed.”

I have no idea what that means, but nice work fellahs. Read the rest here.

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  • PEIGUY

    ” I personally hope to identify wrong pieces of medical information and list them in order to help improve the health and welfare system.”
    Does this mean that he’ll debunk fan death?

  • babotaengi

    I now know why marijuana is the forbidden fruit in Korea – educated Koreans are already incomprehensible enough as it is.

  • Bob Bobbs

    ‘Among unverified information circulating on Twitter
    that the researchers identified as rumors were allegations that U.S.
    President Barack Obama was a Muslim, the “antichrist” and illegally
    obtained his American citizenship.’

    - I’m still on the fence about him being the antichrist.

  • yangachibastardo

    I heard he was a Duck Dynasty fan

  • ryuNchoosk

    “Rumors”? Let’s call them LIES or cough cough white lies AND consider how much free speech S. Koreans have, now we know why the “research”(comments from an American social networking site) researched wasn’t that from S. Korea.

  • dlbarch

    According to my cousin’s girlfriend’s ex-husband’s retarded nephew, this study is total bunk, and he read that on the Internet, so it must be true!

    DLB

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    ““I personally hope to identify wrong pieces of medical information and list them in order to help improve the health and welfare system.””

    So if he’s successful, he’ll put every 한의원 out of business? This could have tragic outcomes for the deer antler industry as well.

  • redwhitedude

    Looks like we got a nominee for the Ig prize.

  • Horace Jeffery Hodges

    “A group of Korean researchers said Friday they have developed technology to filter rumors from postings on social networking sites (SNS).”

    I heard that they haven’t really developed the technology to . . . FILTER ACTIVATED — RUMOR STOPPED.

  • http://www.bcarr.com/ Brendon Carr

    What a great way for governments to suppress the free flow of information! Hats off to these brave Korean researchers.

  • RElgin

    This sounds like the brother project of something out of the PRC. These guys talk about “big data” as their engine to help address the growing problem of mind crime.

  • wangkon936

    Methiniks at best this will be like Siri. Works occasionally, but not enough to be really useful.

  • Jeff Harrison

    Robert, A bit of a late comment but…. On the subject of development of seedless watermelons:

    우장훈박사 of Pusan was the second to develop the seedless watermelon after 2 Japanese guys. He was the first to bring the technology out of Japan. He even has his own 우장춘기념관 on 우장춘로 next to the 우장춘로터리 in 동래구 온천동. Next time you are in Busan…..