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Daily Happiness Averages for Twitter
May 10, 2013 10:56 AM   Subscribe

Daily Happiness Averages for Twitter, September 2008 to present. Description.
posted by stbalbach (12 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Wow, people really do love Christmas.

(I thought there'd be a high point for election nights, but I'm not seeing any)
posted by mathowie at 10:59 AM on May 10, 2013


Death of Michael Jackson = tsunami in Japan.
posted by seemoreglass at 11:03 AM on May 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Am I the only person who wakes up at 6 am on Christmas morning and starts drinking heavily, only to find myself passed out right when the goose is cooked? :c (
posted by QueerAngel28 at 11:11 AM on May 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


mathowie: it's because holiday words like "Christmas" are given a positive weight. Even if you're saying "Holidays(+1) suck(-1), including Christmas(+1)," it would still sum to +1.
Also interesting, on the same site: 1, 2.
Anyone wanna speculate on the downward overall trend? My bet is demographic shift.
posted by Valued Customer at 11:44 AM on May 10, 2013


The weighting is actually a 1-9 scale, so that example was actually a bit of an oversimplification.
posted by Valued Customer at 11:47 AM on May 10, 2013


There is a pronounced secular anti-happiness trend. Post-2008 has been difficult for many people economically.
posted by stbalbach at 11:48 AM on May 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


It is easier to complain about something on twitter than it is to do something about it. More people are using twitter than in 2008. Censor your population to only folks who were on twitter in 2008 and you might see a very different trend.
Similarly, censor your population to only folks of a certain age and you might also see a different trend.
Sorry, unless you know people who haven't aged or grown up, you can't do both of those things at once.
Until those things are examined: Pretty balls with lines! and: Twitter is, in aggregate, slightly more negative each year.
posted by Nanukthedog at 11:58 AM on May 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


October 11, 2011.... a randomly hateful day?
posted by hillabeans at 12:55 PM on May 10, 2013


October 11, 2011.... a randomly hateful day?

That was the date of the BET Hip Hop Awards for 2011. The major "sad" words recorded on that day appear to be related to hip hop lyrics.
posted by reprise the theme song and roll the credits at 1:05 PM on May 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


A friend of mine did something similar to this half a year ago; he pulled keywords from public twitter posts and scored each day with an overall "happiness" rating, from which he would predict either a rise or fall in the DOW stock market.

It was a very simple program and wasn't meant to have any real use, but one interesting thing he found while analyzing the data was that the collective mood after any major news story, whether exceedingly "sad" or "happy", would only last around three days before settling back down to the average again.
posted by tenpointwo at 2:41 PM on May 10, 2013


So, when you weigh "christmas" as a happy word, those days (the biggest holiday for the biggest religion in the world) come up as spikingly happy? You don't say ... (also note "god" and "prayers" are happy terms, per the earthquake/tsunami in Japan.)

That was the date of the BET Hip Hop Awards for 2011. The major "sad" words recorded on that day appear to be related to hip hop lyrics.

Yeah. Exactly.

Death of Michael Jackson = tsunami in Japan.

Exactly again. All that means is that the words "dead" and "died" were tweeted a lot on that day. With the tsunami, there were lots of stories of varying topics; with Michael Jackson, the news was "michael jackson dead." I would guess newspaper tweets count as much as personal tweets.

Methinks something is skewed here, all over the place. Where's the terms list and algorithm?

Related: Black people tweet like THIS.
posted by mrgrimm at 2:47 PM on May 10, 2013


October 11, 2011.... a randomly hateful day?

That was the date of the BET Hip Hop Awards for 2011. The major "sad" words recorded on that day appear to be related to hip hop lyrics.


Too bad this doesn't go back to January 20, 1992. Some members of the hip hop community considered that to be a good day . (previously)
posted by Nanukthedog at 3:16 PM on May 10, 2013


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