Round Corner
Department of Computer and Information Science


Automatic detection of pro-eating disorder (pro-ED) social media users

Pro-eating disorder groups (pro-ED) are social media sub-cultures that encourage disordered and dangerous eating behaviours, e.g., Pro-Ana (pro-anorexia), Pro-Mia (pro-bulimia) and Thinspro (Thinspiration, a combination of “thin” and “inspiration”). Automatic detection of users sharing, supporting or following pro-ED content can provide information for understanding and preventing eating disorders, as well as for social media moderation. Data on some such users on Twitter have already been annotated, but to fully apply machine learning algorithms such as deep learning to the problem, more data need to be gathered, tentatively from various sites such as Twitter, Reddit and Tumblr. The thesis work would then experiment with applying various machine learners to this data.


Björn Gambäck Björn Gambäck
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