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Tuesday, June 11 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Suicide Risk Prediction Using Social Media and Cassandra

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In this presentation, Ken will describe a portion of an early-phase project that uses social media data (tweets, Facebook posts, etc.) from service personnel to predict suicide rates. There's a lot of motivation to provide better data for military psychologies, since more military wind up taking their own lives than are killed in the line of duty. By analyzing social media data that is voluntarily provided by personnel, plus a predictive analytics system, we can provide assessments that help mental health workers focus their time and energy on the most at-risk individuals. This project uses Cassandra as the scalable storage system for this social media data, which is then analyzed in a distributed environment using Hadoop. The project also uses the Solr search support from DataStax Enterprise to provide ways for users to dig into the underlying data, which is critical when understanding the assigned risk levels.


Ken Krugler

Big Data Consulting, Scale Unlimited
Ken is the President of Scale Unlimited, a consulting and training company for big data processing and web mining problems, using Hadoop, Cascading, and Solr.

Tuesday June 11, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Festival Pavilion Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA