Studying anonymous health issues and substance use on college campuses with Yik Yak

Animesh Koratana, Mark Dredze, Margaret S Chisolm, Matthew W Johnson, Michael J. Paul

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Abstract

This study investigates the public health intelligence utility of Yik Yak, a social media platform that allows users to anonymously post and view messages within precise geographic locations. Our dataset contains 122,179 "yaks" collected from 120 college campuses across the United States during 2015. We first present an exploratory analysis of the topics commonly discussed in Yik Yak, clarifying the health issues for which this may serve as a source of information. We then present an in-depth content analysis of data describing substance use, an important public health issue that is not often discussed in public social media, but commonly discussed on Yik Yak under the cloak of anonymity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWS-16-01
Subtitle of host publicationArtificial Intelligence Applied to Assistive Technologies and Smart Environments; WS-16-02: AI, Ethics, and Society; WS-16-03: Artificial Intelligence for Cyber Security; WS-16-04: Artificial Intelligence for Smart Grids and Smart Buildings; WS-16-05: Beyond NP; WS-16-06: Computer Poker and Imperfect Information Games; WS-16-07: Declarative Learning Based Programming; WS-16-08: Expanding the Boundaries of Health Informatics Using AI; WS-16-09: Incentives and Trust in Electronic Communities; WS-16-10: Knowledge Extraction from Text; WS-16-11: Multiagent Interaction without Prior Coordination; WS-16-12: Planning for Hybrid Systems; WS-16-13: Scholarly Big Data: AI Perspectives, Challenges, and Ideas; WS-16-14: Symbiotic Cognitive Systems; WS-16-15: World Wide Web and Population Health Intelligence
PublisherAI Access Foundation
Pages778-782
Number of pages5
VolumeWS-16-01 - WS-16-15
ISBN (Electronic)9781577357599
StatePublished - 2016
Event30th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2016 - Phoenix, United States
Duration: Feb 12 2016Feb 13 2016

Other

Other30th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AAAI 2016
CountryUnited States
CityPhoenix
Period2/12/162/13/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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