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Researchers say they can news stories to help predict the future. Scientists from the University of Illinois in the USA input 100 million news articles into a supercomputer analysis. The stories went back as as 1945 and came from many sources, including the BBC and New York Times. The data showed how much and discontent there was in Egypt and Libya before their revolutions. The computer also saw early indications of the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden he was captured. Researcher Kalev Leetar said the could now help world analysts future trouble in potential hotspots around the world. Business strategists already do a similar thing to their clients.

Leetar explained the importance of news to into the future: “News gives you incredible information about people, , and organizations. It also tells you about the relationships them, about how people view other,” he said. Leetar used terabytes of data to look at three key of data. One looked at the of the journalists’ writing. It used 1,500 different emotions to build an assessment of a country’s stability. Secondly, it examined geocoding to references to people’s movement. A third technique was network analysis to how much news channels focused on one place. Leetar likened his predictions to weather forecasting, saying: "It's never , but we do better than random ."

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
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