Bioinformatics Bot is an automated tool that captures trends in the bioinformatics industry by analysing tweets posted by bioinformaticians from all over the world. Tweets are captured in real time, tweeted by the users followed by @bioinfobot twitter account. This bot consist of a collection of scripts written in python that apart from capturing Twitter data in real time also periodically search and follow new Twitter users who have bioinformatics, genomics, metagenomics, computational biology, structural bioinformatics, molecular modelling or next generation sequencing in their Twitter bio. Many of the well known bioinformaticians/computational biologist that might be missed by the automated search and follow procedure are also manually selected and followed by the creator and maintainer of this service (Rohit Farmer, PhD). The analysis presented here is the result of the analysis of last month’s tweets.
In future, utilizing and manually labelling a set of randomly selected tweets into bioinformatics related and unrelated will be used to build a deep learning predictive model. The predictive model will be used to filter tweets that are bioinformatics related and re-tweet them by the @bioinfobot twitter account. Thus, by following just @bioinfobot, users will be able to receive bioinformatics related tweets from thousands of bioinformaticians worldwide. Collecting and analysing data over the years would eventually give us a view of how bioinformatics industry grew overtime. A list of diseases will also be included in the analysis procedure.