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Feeding a supercomputer with news stories could help predict major world events, according to US research. The system also picked up early clues about Osama Bin Laden's location.
The computer event analysis model appears to give forewarning of major events, based on deteriorating sentiment. However, in the case of this study, its analysis is applied to things that have already happened. According to Kalev Leetaru, such a system could easily be adapted to work in real time, giving an element of foresight. "That's the next stage," said Mr Leetaru, who is already working on developing the technology. "It looks like a stock ticker in many regards and you know what direction it has been heading the last few minutes and you want to know where it is heading in the next few.