The Durkheim Project

Posted on: May 11th, 2012

Current State-of-Art: Diagnosis of psychological health and the prediction of negative events, such as suicide, or their ideation are limited by:

  • A lack of broad societal attention to problem & result of clearly defined signals for interventions.
  • A lack of real-time, near real-time reaction capability to large volumes of data.

The Need: Broader coverage of suicide risk detection and better understanding of the expression of suicide ideation through data mining of text and images
Proposed Solution: Continuous monitoring of social network user behavioral intent enabling intervention, facilitated by social/online data sources. Specifically, we are building a Proof of Concept ‘Psychological dashboard’ application demo utilizing;

  • Social networks based data (Facebook, Twitter, Google+)
  • Suicide and Suicide attempts data from the US Veterans Administration
  • Smart phone incorporated authentication
  • Empirically validated statistical applications
  • Data Repository that supports ‘big data’

… resulting in a Real time Behavioral Risk Detection capability… available Spring 2013.