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Practical Text Mining and Statistical Analysis for Non-structured Text Data Applications by Dursun Delen, Robert Nisbet, Thomas Hill, Andrew Fast, John Elder, Gary Miner

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Case Study

Predicting Exposure of Social Messages: The Bin Laden Live Tweeter

Tom Emerson,     Senior Research Scientist, Topsy Labs

Rishab Ghosh,     Cofounder and Vice President of Research, Topsy Labs

Eddie Smith,     CRO, Topsy Labs

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Introduction

On April 30, 2011, at 7:08 PM, Sohaib Athar, an IT consultant residing in Abbottabad, Pakistan, tweeted, “Since taliban (probably) don’t have helicopters”, and since they’re saying it was not ‘ours,’ so must be a complicated situation.” Over the next 30 hours, Sohaib’s tweets, under the Twitter handle @ReallyVirtual, were exposed over 82 million times to people around the globe.

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