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Selwyn Times: November 21, 2017

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28 Wednesday November 22 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Show home Guide Competitive pricing from $1498 per sq.m www.homesbyparklane.co.nz Standout Homes for an Outstanding Price New Showhome 6 Craig Thompson Drive, Flemington, Lincoln Wednesday to Sunday 12pm - 4pm Office & Showhome 2 Harvard Avenue, Wigram, Christchurch Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm (03) 341 3000 or 029 201 2453 Registered Master Builders House of the Year 2017 Gold Award Winning Builder SELWYN TIMES Homes by Parklane “Standout Homes for an Outstanding Price” Flemington, Lincoln 6 Craig Thompson Drive Wed to Sun 12pm - 4pm Wigram 2 Harvard Avenue Mon to Fri 9am - 5pm Master Builders House of the Year 2017 Gold Reserve Award Winning Showhome (03) 341 3000 or 029 201 2453 www.homesbyparklane.co.nz Strategic Homes Halswell 6 Derek Anderson Drive Longhurst Estate Wed to Sun 12pm - 4pm Ph (03) 963 8841 or 0274 359 333 www.strategichomes.co.nz 4 2 2 2 David Reid Homes Casebrook 231 Highstead Road Fri, Sat, Sun 12pm - 4pm Prebbleton 80 Farthing Drive Fri, Sat, Sun 12pm - 4pm Ph Jason 021 514 424 or Lynda 021 335 707 www.davidreidhomes.co.nz Versatile Homes and Buildings Flemington, Lincoln 8 Craig Thompson Drive Open Thursday to Sunday, 12.00pm to 4.00pm or by appointment Hornby 3 Springs Road Open Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.30pm or by appointment 0800 VERSATILE www.versatile.co.nz Peter Ray Homes Prestons 28 & 30 TeRito Street 12pm to 4pm Tues to Sun Wigram Skies, Wigram 32 & 34 The Runway, 12pm to 4pm Mon to Sun (7 days) Faringdon, Rolleston 572 & 574 East Madisons Road 12pm to 4pm daily www.peterrayhomes.co.nz To advertise in The Showhome Guide Contact Elaine: (03) 364 7436 elaine.moon@starmedia.kiwi Visit our new showhome now open in Lincoln! 8 Craig Thompson Drive, Flemington Open 12.00pm to 4.00pm, Thursday to Sunday, or by appointment. Visit our exciting new Faringdon Show Homes in Rolleston for inspiration and let us tailor a plan that’s right for you. Start your own story 03 348 1994 www.peterrayhomes.co.nz 231 HIGHSTED RD, CASEBROOK OPEN FRI-SAT-SUN 12-4PM 80 FARTHING DRIVE, PREBBLETON OPEN FRI-SAT-SUN 12-4PM JASON 021 514 424 Or kryStAl 021 335 707

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday November 22 2017 29 News Local News Now Twitter’s quake research role Fire rages, homes at risk Student analysing emotional reactions • By Bridget Rutherford EARTHQUAKE-related Twitter posts are being analysed to provide a new way of gauging how people are coping, and whether they need more support. Lincoln University PhD student Prerita Gupta is developing a recognition algorithm to identify emotions based on keywords in tweets from 2010-2016. So far, she has collected more than 250,000 tweets as part of the research, which is expected to take up to two years. The Complex Systems, Big Data and Informatics Initiative student said people experiencing upheavals often turned to social media to express their feelings, especially Twitter. She decided to research how people reacted emotionally online when earthquakes struck. “I thought it would be interesting to know which emotions they RESEARCH: Lincoln University student Prerita Gupta is capturing earthquake emotion through Twitter research. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER have gone through and to know the trend of emotions when they feel minor or major disasters.” The algorithm gauges intense reactions from people, and how they are coping. An example is a tweet such as “Sharp lil jolt felt in this morning!!!. Forgot how much I hate them.’’ Ms Gupta said the tool could be used by psychologists as a new way of gauging emotional states. She said it could be used as a decision-making tool to understand the collective state of a group affected, and to provide them better support or assistance. The data had geographical locations, so they could see what area was impacted the most, she said. “This information is very useful for health providers in examining the relationship between emotions and the use of anti-depressant medicines, helpful for the Government to plan which affected area needs the maximum health benefit and for social welfare departments to understand the level of support they should provide to the affected party.” Ms Gupta said traditional approaches such as interviews or surveys may not be the best way to collect data, as it reminded people of the experience and could be traumatising. Analysing Twitter posts was non-intrusive, she said. The Ministry of Health is also investigating whether Facebook or Twitter posts about illnesses or symptoms could be tracked to see if there is a trend in a particular area. It was also looking at whether school absentees, employee sick leave, over-the-counter pharmacy sales, tissue sales or Healthline calls could be utilised in preventing the spread of illnesses. A SPRING CLEAN FOR YOUR HEARING Could your ears or hearing do with a spruce up? Ear problems occur gradually, just like dust building up on a skirting board. It’s only when you deal with them that you realize just how significant they have become. We can remove the cobwebs for you! FREE NO OBLIGATION INITIAL HEARING CHECK FREE CLEAN & CHECK FOR YOUR HEARING AIDS FREE TEST DRIVE OF THE VERY LATEST DEVICES FULLY INDEPENDENT UNBIASED ADVICE EAR WAX REMOVAL BY MICROSUCTION LOWEST COST HEARING AID BATTERIES BOOK YOUR SPRING CLEAN TODAY, CALL: 03 974 1658 Chris and Neil will make you feel very welcome at our Hornby Clinic. They have over 15 years experience of helping people with hearing difficulties to live the life to the full. With limitless patience, they will be happy to help you rejoin the conversation, and HEAR AGAIN Clinic: The Hub, Hornby, Christchurch (opposite ) Web: www.hearagain.co.nz Email: info@hearagain.co.nz