WSU researchers monitored Twitter to predict a Trump victory

Published: Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 8:20 PM

WSU tool correctly predicted presidential winner

Researchers at Wright State were right: They accurately predicted that Donald Trump would best Hillary Rodham Clinton in the general election to become the 45th president of the United States.

On the night of the third presidential debate (Oct. 19 in Las Vegas), members of the Applied Policy Research Institute tracked real-time Twitter sentiment about the businessman and former secretary of state using “TWITRIS,” which analyzes tweets send to Twitter.

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When researchers used it again on Election Day, the feelings of tweeters early on pointed to the Republican candidate.

“What we saw during Election Day is Trump’s sentiment was much more steady and consistent than Hillary’s, especially in battleground states,” institute director Mike Wiehe told News Center 7’s Natalie Jovonovich on Thursday afternoon. Clinton’s “was much more volatile, which would be indicative potentially of a non-motivated voter base.”

The APRI at WSU studies social sciences, and that includes trends in politics. WSU researchers monitored all three debates and for that third debate hosted a campus event in collaboration with Kno.e.sis and local start-up Cognovi Labs.

Amit Sheth, founder of Cognovi Labs, went so far as to say “polling is dead, asking people what would you do doesn’t work. Listening to what they volunteer works.”

Sheth said, “Social media is an active tool, you have to participate in it to capture the data. You get even better information without doing the exit poll and in real time, at any time.”

APRI got the 2016 general election right because “we were tracking what people were actually saying that were actively doing something online and we could see it,” Sheth said. “And in those battleground states, you could just see that those lines were so much more volatile for Hillary Clinton compared to Trump that she wasn’t going to carry those states.”

Cognovi Labs used “TWITRIS” to successfully call the Brexit vote as well (the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union in June).

APRI’s plan is to collect all of their data and present it to elected officials to show them how to effectively poll people for 2020.

‘Miracle baby’ takes first steps after surviving double-fatal crash

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 11:17 PM

'Miracle baby' survives double-fatal crash

A 14-month-old, the lone survivor of a crash that killed two family members, escaped the wreckage with only a few scrapes.

The baby, Harlyn, was in her car seat when a pickup truck went off State Route 380, flipped, and slammed into a tree on a local campground. Her grandfather, 49-year-old Carl Perry and great grandmother, 73-year-old Linda Davis, were killed.

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Not only did Harlyn escape with only a few scratches, her family said after getting home from the hospital Saturday night, she walked for the first time.

“Thankful doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel,” said Trey Culp, Harlyn’s father.

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Lynn Perry, whose husband and mother were killed in the crash, said Harlyn is a “miracle baby.”

The family is now seeking answers after two members of their family were killed.

“They were both great people and they shouldn’t have been taken out of the world like this,” Kia Coates said.

Clouds and more snow expected over coming days

Published: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 5:19 AM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 4:50 PM

Cool temperatures and snow are expected this week in the Dayton area.

Mainly clear skies are expected this evening, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures will fall into the 20s.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clouds return tonight
  • Chance for snow returns this week
  • Low temperatures remain

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DETAILED FORECAST

Overnight: Clouds build in overnight, which will be cold with lows in the lower to middle 20s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the middle to upper 30s. There is the chance for a passing light rain shower in the afternoon, but most look to stay dry with a better chance for snow coming overnight into Tuesday. 

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5-Day Temperature Trend(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

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Tuesday Lake-effect snow showers are expected. Highs will be in the upper 20s.

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Wednesday: A few flurries are possible. It's also going to be a cold day, with morning temperatures in the middle teens. Highs will only be in the middle to upper 20s. 

Thursday: The chance for more snow returns with highs in the middle 30s.

Friday: A few flurries are possible with highs in the lower 30s.

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Crews extricate driver after car crashes into tree

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 10:21 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 10:29 PM

RAW VIDEO: Car into pole

A driver was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with minor injuries after crashing into a pole.

A car crashed into a pole around 8:50 p.m. at the intersection of Guenther Road and Hoover Avenue. 

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The driver, the single occupant, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with minor injuries after being extricated, police said.

It’s unknown what caused the driver to lose control.

Car crashes, strikes home in Dayton; driver flees

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 9:23 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 9:41 PM

Car on its top Video

UPDATE @9:42 p.m.

A woman said she was inside her home watching television with her family when they heard tires squealing and a crash.

A car struck the house in the 800 block of Osmond Drive around 8:50 p.m.

No one in the house was injured. 

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Crews are investigating a rollover crash in Dayton.

The crash was reported around 8:50 p.m. in the 800 block of Osmond Avenue. The car came to a rest on its top next to a house.

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It’s unknown if anyone was injured.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.