Reporting by Rachel Wise, Jon Doty and Ashton Day.
The system uses machine learning and natural language processing to analyze hundreds of millions of Tweets every day. It then sorts them into categories — from issue to candidate to civility of language — to enable journalists to compare and contrast the prevalence of issues over time.
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