A new AI is detecting depression using Instagram

Friday 19 August 2016 Users posts on Instagram can be used to diagnose depression Anatolii Babii/iStock A new AI programme has been developed to attempt to accurately detect signs of depression using Instagram photos. ADVERTISEMENT The study, carried out by researchers from Harvard University and the University of Vermont, used machine learning tools to identify markers of depression. It was found that the programme was 70 per cent accurate in detecting signs of depression, which was better than previous studies looking at the success rate of GPs diagnosing patients – normally around 42 per cent accurate. 43,950 posts on the social media site were analysed for the study using colour analysis, metadata components and algorithmic face detection. Other factors were also taken into consideration such as how often users posted,…

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