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Micro-blogging site Twitter can Track and Detect Riots Faster than Police: Study

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London, June 27, 2017: With people increasingly taking to the social media, especially Twitter, to report or update events, observations and occurrences, new research says the micro-blogging site can track and detect major disruptive events faster than the police.

The study showed that computer systems using a series of machine-learning algorithms could automatically scan through tweets and detect serious incidents, such as breaking into a shop or setting cars alight, before they were reported to the police.

The computer system could also discern information about where the riots were rumoured to take place and where groups of youths were gathering.

On average the computer systems could pick up on the disruptive events several minutes before officials could. In some cases even over an hour ahead of the security personnel, the researchers said in the paper published in the journal ACM Transactions on Internet Technology.

“We will never replace traditional policing resource on the ground but we have demonstrated that this research could augment existing intelligence gathering and draw on new technologies to support more established policing methods,” said Pete Burnap from Cardiff University.

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Estimates put social media membership at approximately 2.5 billion non-unique users, and the data produced by these users have been used to predict elections, movie revenues and even the epicentre of earthquakes.

The study could enable police officers to better manage and prepare for both large and small scale disruptive events, the researchers added.

“We have previously used machine-learning and natural language processing on Twitter data to better understand online deviance, such as the spread of antagonistic narratives and cyber hate,” Burnap said.

For the study, the team analysed 1.6 million tweets related to the 2011 riots in England, which began as an isolated incident in Tottenham on August 6 but quickly spread across London and to other cities in England.

The researchers used a series of machine-learning algorithms to analyse each of the tweets from the dataset, taking into account a number of key features such as the time they were posted, the location where they were posted and the content of the tweet itself. (IANS)

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Developers Can Now Access Full Twitter Archive

The micro-blogging company committed to give the developer community a unified platform with scalable access to Twitter data

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Developers can now access twitter archives. VOA
Developers can now access twitter archives. VOA
  • Now developers can access Twitter archives
  • It will help developers build a business with the micro blogging site
  • The company has launched three types of APIs

Twitter has launched “premium full-archive search endpoint”, a premium product for developers that will provide them access to the full Twitter archive, including the first tweet from its CEO Jack Dorsey in 2016.

Starting Friday, the full archive search endpoint is available in beta for the developers’ community.

Twitter is a social micro-blogging site. Wikimedia Commons
Twitter is a social micro-blogging site. Wikimedia Commons

This is the first time that this data is available outside of site’s enterprise application programming interface (API), the company said in a statement.

“Like the premium 30-day search endpoint, we want to give you greater access to Twitter history, and we want to make it easy to innovate and to grow your solution,” the micro-blogging platform added.

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The feature works similarly to the 30-day endpoint and supports more complex queries, higher rate limits and other advanced features.

It will also allow developers to experiment with the new API in a free “Sandbox” environment where they can test things with up to 50 requests per month.

Twitter has launched three types of APIs to facilitate this.
Twitter has launched three types of APIs to facilitate this.

Users can visit “Subscriptions” in their developer accounts to manage this new endpoint.

Last year, the site laid out a vision for its API platform and published a public roadmap.

The micro-blogging company committed to give the developer community a unified platform with scalable access to the site’s data and more predictability so that they can build businesses with Twitter.

The company launched a third type of API — premium APIs — to bridge two types of access to Twitter data.

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This will help Twitter build business with developers and vice-versa. VOA
This will help Twitter build business with developers and vice-versa. VOA

The “premium APIs” can serve as “standard (free and public) APIs” that provide basic query functionality and foundational access to Twitter data and “enterprise APIs” (subscription-based), which deliver real-time and historical data to power businesses at scale. IANS

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