About us

Exploring the novel use of social media data to better understand gun-related outcomes.

Our overarching goal is to lay a foundation for how social media data may be used by itself or in conjunction with other data resources, through data blending techniques, to improve the information base on which gun policy research relies.

Aim 1

Use social media data to develop estimates of gun-related mortality and benchmark these against existing estimates based on National Vital Statistics Systems (NVSS) data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Aim 2

Use social media data to develop algorithms to predict gun ownership status.