A team of IU researchers says Twitter can better predict elections than traditional polling (Wright, Indiana Public Media). The team of IU researchers collected more than a billion tweets from the months leading up to the 2010 U.S. Congressional Elections. By analyzing how many times each candidate was mentioned on Twitter, the team was able to correctly predict the winner in 404 out of the 406 cases, or 99.5 percent of the time. In many of the cases, tweets predicted the outcome within 3 percentage points—about the same as traditional polls. PhD student and researcher on the project Joe Digrazia says Twitter can offer information that polls cannot. “What it can be useful for is a lot of issues where polling data does not exist, especially in small elections or to get at issues that are difficult to talk about,” he says