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Hong, Tasse See Social Media as Urban Planning Tool

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Jason Hong, Dan Tasse

HCII Associate Professor Jason Hong and Ph.D. student Dan Tasse think that mining data from social media could lead to better urban planning, and their work was recently featured in an article in Keystone Crossroads — an online publication that explores the challenges facing Pennsylvania's cities.

"…Tasse and Hong write that current data collection, like the census, can be a very expensive and labor-intensive undertaking while data from social media is quick, public, and relatively easy to access. 'We believe that this kind of geotagged social media data, combined with new kinds of analytics tools, will let urban planners, policy analysts, social scientists, and computer scientists explore how people actually use a city, in a manner that is cheap, highly scalable, and insightful,' they write in their paper."

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