Chris is an applied mathematician interested in modeling a variety of physical, biological, and social phenomenon. He has applied principles of chaos theory to improve weather forecasts and developed a real-time remote sensor of global happiness using messages from Twitter. Danforth co-runs the Computational Story Lab with Peter Dodds.
Story Wrangler: a visual comparison of phrase popularity in 150 billion tweets
Hedonometer: a population scale measure of daily happiness
Research & Press
“Inside the lab that’s quantifying happiness”
Profile of our research group in Outside Magazine
“Has Twitter just had its saddest fortnight ever?”
Story on Hedonometer in Nature