Yao Yu is a recipient of a 2022 CAPS Undergraduate Summer Thesis Research Grant. His proposed thesis is entitled, "Applying Social Media Data to Measure Voter Sentiment."
My thesis will explore further into the emerging method of using social media data to measure voter sentiment during American elections. The specific research question I ask is: Can social media data be used to either improve or provide a more accurate estimate of voter sentiment compared to traditional polls? Three main objects that I address include: sentiment on a state/local level, bot detection improvement, and improved demographic classification of users.