And the Truthy Shall Set You Free

The Indiana University Center for Complex Networks & Systems Research has launched a system to analyze and visualize the diffusion of information on Twitter. Named after Stephen Colbert’s satirical reference to “truthiness,” Truthy evaluates thousands of tweets an hour to identify new and emerging bursts of activity around memes of various flavors. The aim of the system is to analyze social epidemics and understand what causes a burst of popularity.

Truthy uses a sophisticated combination of text and data mining, social network analysis, and complex networks models. To train the algorithms, Truthy leverages crowdsourcing. Therefore, click on the Truthy button when you see a suspicious meme!

To check out Truthy, visit: http://truthy.indiana.edu/

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