Angela Leis


Thesis defence of Angela Leis: "Studying Depression through Big Data Analytics on Twitter"

Next Thursday, 18th of March at 10:30, Angela Leis, member of the Integrative Biomedical Informatics group of GRIB will read her thesis "Studying Depression through Big Data Analytics on Twitter". 

The event will be online. Free access at: 


Mental disorders have become a major concern in public health, since they are one of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide. Depressive disorders are the most common mental illnesses, and they constitute the leading cause of disability worldwide. Language is one of the main tools on which mental health professionals base their understanding of human beings and their feelings, as it provides essential information for diagnosing and monitoring patients suffering from mental disorders. 

In parallel, social media platforms such as Twitter, allow us to observe the activity, thoughts and feelings of people's daily lives, including those of patients suffering from mental disorders such as depression. Based on the characteristics and linguistic features of the tweets, it is possible to identify signs of depression among Twitter users. Moreover, the effect of antidepressant treatments can be linked to changes in the features of the tweets posted by depressive users. 

The analysis of this huge volume and diversity of data, the so-called "Big Data", can provide relevant information about the course of mental disorders and the treatments these patients are receiving, which allows us to detect, monitor and predict depressive disorders. This thesis presents different studies carried out on Twitter data in the Spanish language, with the aim of detecting behavioral and linguistic patterns associated to depression, which can constitute the basis of new and complementary tools for the diagnose and follow-up of patients suffering from this disease.

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