MIT aims to makes sense of Twitter’s presidential debate firehose


With Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump set to face off in the first debate of a contentious presidential election tonight, the MIT Media Lab is set to make sense of the firehose of chatter expected to hit Twitter.

The Laboratory for Social Machines, part of the MIT Media Lab, launched the machine-learning project, dubbed Electome, about a year ago to help give people more of a voice about the election.

Then representatives from the Commission on Presidential Debates reached out to Electome’s project leaders, asking for help in giving the media a better look at what people were saying on Twitter about the candidates, the issues and all the ups and downs of the debate.

The goal was to get the public’s voices into the conversation about the debates and the overall election.


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