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Blog of depression?

Prof Yair Neuman of Ben-Gurion University has developed software to detect depression in blogs and on-line texts.

The software was used to scan over 300,000 posts to mental health web sites. A panel of four clinical psychologists verified the accuracy of the results.

The software works on non-obvious emotive words and metaphors.

Although constructed for purely academic purposes, the software has potential as a first-line screen against depression and suicide, revealing problem areas at a time when a workable solution is still possible.

Given that Team McCallum is stuffed full of posts on death and disease, would this weigh against us? Or would the fact that our mission is living longer, living better, and succeeding in life sway the software in our favour?

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June 26, 2010 - Posted by | Depression, Loneliness, Psychology, Science, Yair Neuman

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