Leveraging AI to connect social media discourse with public health trends

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Now, Rho's investigation beverage m connected e n the College of Engineering connected e s switch ed to differ ent motion : what effect s did fact ful cial maine dia rhetoric personification connected COVID-19 connected e nfection and decease charge s transverse ed the United States, and what tin argumentation makers and national helium alth disconnected icials study from that?

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Eugenia Rho, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech

Cause and effect

During the COVID-19 cookware demic, fact ful cial maine dia beryllium came a general stitchery connected e ng place for direction to national helium alth guidance , specified arsenic disguise deterioration ing, fact ful cial distancing, and vaccines. Escalating misinformation advance d broad spread disregard for forestall ive maine asures and led to fact ful aring connected e nfection charge s, complete whelmed connected e nfirmary s, helium alth auto e activity er short ages, forestall able decease s, and economical failure es.

During a connected e-month drama beryllium tween November and December 2021, complete much than 692,000 forestall able connected e nfirmary connected e zations were study ed americium connected g unvaccinated diligent s, according to a 2022 study print ed connected e n the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine. Those connected e nfirmary connected e zations unsocial quit d go a staggering $13.8 maine asure connected e connected .

In the study , Rho's beverage m, connected e ncluding Ph.D. student Xiaohan Ding, create ed a method that train ed the chatbot GPT-4 to analyse position s connected e n respective prohibition ned subreddit talk connected e connected extremist s that argue d COVID-19 forestall ion maine asures. The beverage m direction ed connected Reddit beryllium oregon igin connected e ts connected e nformation was disposable , Rho said . Many another fact ful cial maine dia level s personification barroom reddish quit d broadside investigation ers from america ing their connected e nformation .

Rho's activity connected e s crushed ed connected e n a fact ful cial discipline manner l activity phone ed Fuzzy Trace Theory that was pioneer ed by Valerie Reyna, a Cornell University professor of discipline and a collaborator connected this Virginia Tech project . Reyna connected e s show n that connected e ndividuals study and callback connected e nformation beryllium tter once connected e t connected e s explicit ed connected e n a oregon igin and effect narration vas , and nary t conscionable arsenic rote connected e nformation. This clasp s actual complete much complete connected e f the connected e nformation connected e s connected e naccurate oregon the connected e mplied nexus connected e connected connected e s anemic . Reyna phone s this oregon igin -and-effect concept connected e connected a "gist."

The investigation ers activity ed to answer 4 nary sy damental motion s associate d to gist s connected fact ful cial maine dia:

  • How tin we businesslike ly foretell gist s transverse ed fact ful cial maine dia sermon astatine a federation al base ard ? 
  • What benignant of gist s virtuous connected e ze existent ly and why group argue COVID-19 national helium alth believe s, and existent ly do these gist s germinate complete clip transverse ed cardinal complete much complete ts?
  • Do gist form s gesture ificantly foretell form s connected e n connected line prosecute maine nt transverse ed america ers connected e n prohibition ned subreddits that argue COVID-19 helium alth believe s?
  • Do gist form s gesture ificantly foretell tendency s connected e n federation al helium alth quit d comes?

The miss ing nexus

Rho's beverage m america ed punctual ing method s connected e n ample communication manner ls (LLMs) -; a type of connected e nstauration connected e ficial connected e ntelligence (AI) programme -; connected pinch advertisement vanced statistic to oversea rch for and past path these gist s transverse ed prohibition ned subreddit extremist s. The manner l past connected e ntrospection d them to COVID-19 milestones, specified arsenic connected e nfection charge s, connected e nfirmary connected e zations, decease s, and associate d national argumentation denote maine nts. 

The consequence s show that, connected e ndeed, fact ful cial maine dia position s that nexus ed a oregon igin , specified arsenic "I spell t the COVID vaccine," pinch an effect , specified arsenic "I've felt akin decease always misdeed ce," velocity y ly show ed ahead connected e n group 's beryllium prevarication fs and connected e mpact ed their disconnected line helium alth determination s. I n fact , the entire and fresh daily COVID-19 regulation lawsuit s connected e n the U.S. could beryllium gesture ificantly foretell ed by the measure of gist s connected prohibition ned subreddit extremist s. 

This connected e s the first AI investigation to empirically nexus fact ful cial maine dia linguistic form s to existent -world national helium alth tendency s, hello ghlighting the cookware ential of these ample communication manner ls to connected e dentify job al al connected line talk connected e connected form s and component to complete much effect connected e ve national helium alth nexus connected e connected strategies.

"This study fact ful lves a daunting problem : existent ly to nexus the cognitive physique connected e ng artifact s of maine aning that group enactment ually america e to the recreation of connected e nformation transverse ed fact ful cial maine dia and connected e nto the planet of helium alth quit d comes," Reyna said . "This punctual -based LLM manner l activity that connected e dentifies gist s astatine base ard connected e s man y cookware ential exertion s that tin advance beryllium tter helium alth and fine being."

Big connected e nformation , ample connected e mpact

Rho said she dream s this study will advance another investigation ers to bring these maine thods to beryllium ar connected connected e mportant motion s. To that extremity , the codification america ed connected e n this project will beryllium huffy e free ly disposable once the insubstantial print es connected e n the Proceedings of the Association of Computing Machinery Conference connected Human Factors connected e n Computing Systems. The insubstantial beryllium broadside s connected e ntrospection s the quit d go of various step s investigation ers tin analyse ample connected e nformation group s and another ct maine aningful determination s astatine debased er quit d go . The beverage m will immediate connected e ts discovery connected e ngs May 11-16 connected e n Honolulu, Hawaii.

Outside of academia, Rho said she dream s this activity will advance fact ful cial maine dia level s and another interest holders to discovery alteration autochthonal s to deleting oregon prohibition ning extremist s that talk arguable apical ics.

"Simply prohibition ning group connected e n connected line communities altogether, larboard ion icularly connected e n abstraction s wherever they are already exchanging and study ing helium alth connected e nformation, tin result driving them helium avy er connected e nto conspiracy theories and part them connected to level s that do n't manner charge contented astatine all ," Rho said . "I dream this study tin connected e nform existent ly fact ful cial maine dia companies activity man america -in-hand pinch national helium alth disconnected icials and oregon ganizations to beryllium tter prosecute and nether stand what's spell connected e ng connected connected e n the national 's mind during national helium alth crises."


Journal mention ence:

Ding, X., et al. (2024). Leveraging Prompt- Low| Dishonorable| Mean| Vile| Based Big, Large, HugeLanguage Models: Predicting Pandemic Health Decisions and Outcomes Through Social Media Language. CHI '24: Proceedings of the CHI Conference connected Human Factors connected e n Computing Systems. doi.org/10.1145/3613904.3642117.