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Hedonometrics

Our paper "Temporal Patterns of Happiness and Information in a Global Social Network: Hedonometrics and Twitter" appears in PLoS ONE this week. Their blog encourages you to tweet for the sake of science! Among other findings, in this paper we demonstrate that human ratings of the happiness of an individual word correlate very strongly with the average happiness of the words …

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The happiest distribution

Do you laugh within your tweets? e.g. hahaha!!!  Here we show the number of times these different laugh species appear in tweets as a function of how many ha's they contain.  A few observations: Longer laughs are less frequent, and the frequency decays at a constant rate. We're plotting on logarithmic axes, the black line has a slope of -5 and appears to match the data over …

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Happy and we know it

Science Magazine published a piece today framing twitter as a laboratory for research, Social Scientists Wade Into The Tweet Stream, including the above figure showing our hedonometer's measure of happiness in 2011 as a function of day. Dodds was also interviewed by Science for their weekly podcast, and by Benedict Carey for a New York Times piece, Happy and You Know It? So Are …

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Tweet cartography

Six months of geo-located messages from Twitter's gardenhose feed, roughly 20 million.  World, US, and NYC twitterific projections. PDF versions available here. Made possible by data ninjas Kameron Harris and Morgan Frank. …

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Positivity of the English language

By analyzing a rather large collection of words (a good fraction of a trillion) we extracted from the New York Times, music lyrics, the Google Books project, and Twitter, we've found that English is inherently positive. The manuscript is here, and some early press from Wired is here. Abstract: Within the last million years, human language has emerged and evolved as a …

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Ooblexity

Vibrating cornstarch and water in slow motion, narration by xtranormal. A google search for 'ooblexity' returns "Did you mean: complexity?"  Maybe I did. More info on the experiment, and a 10 log-decade spread in material costs: …

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Tweets and happiness.

Below is our first treatment of oodles of Twitter data, searching for basic patterns, happiness, and information levels. On the left, we have strong evidence that people really do tweet about what's going on in their lives right now, at least food-wise. The paper: Temporal patterns of happiness and information in a global social network: Hedonometrics and …

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