Trends and Topics in Decision Tweets

The objective of this research is to explore to what extent Twitter data is pertinent to decision analysis research. Do tweets contain information that is directly usable for decision making research? Could they lead decision researchers to develop wide-scale insights into people’s understanding, behavior and opinions related to decision making? In this initial investigation, we present a descriptive analysis of more than 350,000 tweets associated with keywords “decision”and “making”. We first report on the statistical traits of their authors along with the associated time patterns. We then examine the content of the tweets through the use of topic models. By providing an initial overview of the trends and topics of tweets focused on decision making, our intent is to enable researchers in decision analysis to better understand this data source and use the findings presented here to form an opinion as to whether they should consider it for their studies.

By: Lea A. Deleris

Published in: RC25672 in 2017


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