Washington : Engineers have developed a Web-based application that can gauge the popularity of the 2012 presidential candidates.
The goal of Twipolitico, developed by senior engineering students at the University of Cincinnati, isn’t just to find out who’s popular, but to discover who is influential.
What potential Candidates are analyzed by voter tweets, which provide information about how voters feel about their choices.
According to Twipolitico, this makes the results more accurate and credible than just counting how often the politicians show up in a tweet or hash tag.
Data from Twitter was used to track terms that related to each candidate. The ranking algorithm analyzed each tweet that mentioned a candidate and then calculated a “tweet score.”
The score is crunched by what the developers call a “complicated math equation” to become a “twipolitico score.”
Daily and monthly scores are displayed on a chart as well as one that shows how many tweets were positive or negative. All of this data comes together to predict not only the popularity of President Obama and Mitt Romney, but also the outcome of the November election.
The site is constantly updated and can even show maps of how popular a candidate is in each state.