This Machine Can Tell When You’re Drunk-Tweeting

Don't do it!
Don’t do it! Photo: BUCK Studio/Corbis

Researchers at the University of Rochester have written a machine learning algorithm that can accurately predict when you’re drunk tweeting. It is, essentially, a robotic narc.

Nabil Hossain and his team analyzed 11,000 geolocated tweets that mention drinking, and then asked Amazon Mechanical Turk workers to determine two things: if the tweets appeared to be sent while a person was drinking, and if the tweets were sent from the person’s home. The resultant algorithm “reveals patterns of alcohol-related behavior in unprecedented detail,” which means it can tell that you drank the whole bottle of wine while livetweeting the Bachelor finale.

Just another reason to never (drunk) tweet.

Computer Can Tell When You’re Drunk-Tweeting