Hunter High was not the saddest place in the data set, it was merely sad-adjacent, unlucky to be located nearby a single Twitter account that had been posting a lot of content that was getting labeled as unhappy.
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So people need to scrub their data and look for outliers… this isn’t anything new to people who are professionals in any field that uses data. Even with perfect data, we can find false correlations. This is the nature of science. It’s a process, and it’s gradual, and it requires conversation. And that last part is definitely what’s right about your article. Citizen science is important, for sure. Interestingly enough, one of the major problems with enabling citizen science is exactly the problem with feedback systems in cities that has been buried behind walls of false differential equations for 100 years…