St. Lawrence University

Introduction

Computational methods for sorting and organizing data can have enormous benefits, especially when there’s a large amount of data to process. Hand encoding, in contrast, can be tremendously labor intensive, yet some types of distinctions that are all but impossible for a computer to make are comparatively easy for a person. Understanding differences between these tagging methods is a crucial aspect of studying Twitter.

TagCloud of Hashtags (Machine Encoded)

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