Scientists text-mining social media for data on food-related topics
portrait of food science graduate student Dandan Tao
Food science graduate student Dandan Tao.
Photo by Photo by Pengkun Yang
May 21, 2020

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — From tweeting photos of delicious meals to reviewing restaurants, social media give foodies numerous opportunities to indulge their passion for edibles. But these media and other digital communications — including recipe websites and food-delivery apps — also generate a rich trove of text data for food scientists and food industry researchers to study what people eat, how nutrition affects health and many other food-related topics. Read more from Illinois News Bureau.