Penn Today: Linguistic red flags from Facebook posts can predict future depression diagnoses

Penn Today: Linguistic red flags from Facebook posts can predict future depression diagnoses. “In any given year, depression affects more than 6 percent of the adult population in the United States—some 16 million people—but fewer than half receive the treatment they need. What if an algorithm could scan social media and point to linguistic red flags of the disease before a formal medical diagnosis had been made? New research from the University of Pennsylvania and Stony Brook University published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows this is now more plausible than ever.”